Found December 10, 2012 on Awful Announcing:
PLAYERS: Roger Goodell
Today Sports Business Journal released their annual list of the most influential executives in sports and ESPN President John Skipper topped the list ahead of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: Those major pro sports commissioners may be in the news much more than a largely anonymous figure like John Skipper, but ESPN is worth more than all those major pro sports league.  ESPN has all the money, the power, and the influence they could ever want.  ESPN Front Row has a piece on Skipper and a quote from SBJ on Skipper being recognized ahead of all the major pro sports commissioners and other TV execs... “When I ask people in the sports business to name the most influential executive, John Skipper’s name always gets mentioned,” said Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor SBJ/Sports Business Daily. “He took over one of the most recognizable American brands a year ago, and ESPN didn’t skip a beat. There is a reason why everyone wants to be like ESPN. Its day-to-day influence on the sports business is without equal.”   Skipper took over as president from George Bodenheimer at the beginning of 2012 and ESPN indeed hasn't skipped a beat since.  (Wow that pun is dare I say... Nantzian!)  Skipper's biggest influence may be the aggressive acquisition of live sports rights, especially as VP of content for several years before rising to the top spot.  Under his direction, ESPN has certainly won more than they've lost when it comes to televising the major sporting events in America.  Given the incredible value of ESPN and their near monopoly over the sports world, there's no question Skipper is rightfully #1 on this SBJ list. [ESPN Front Row]
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
LONG NIGHTMARE IS OVER

All Saints players penalties vacated

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has vacated the suspensions and fines imposed upon Saints players as a result of the NFL's Bountygate investigation.

Column: Tagliabue shows Goodell how it's done

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist ''Round up the usual suspects.'' Funny how that line near the end of ''Casablanca'' provides a fitting epitaph for Bountygate, too. Like Capt. Renault in the film classic, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was presented with a crime and empowered as both judge and jury. He considered the...

FN Follies: Paul Tagliabue Backfires On Roger Goodell

FN FolliesFormer NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was brought in by current Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the appeals of the players involved in the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" scandal - Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove.Most thought it would be a slam-dunk victory for Goodell and the league. After all, would Tagliabue really not side...

If you eliminate kickoffs, then wouldn’t the elimination of punts be a must?

NFL Playoffs – Punt (Photo credit: ron.diel) Let’s fast forward to next year’s NFL season.  Imagine that it is December 15, 2013, it is week 15 and it is your team versus a division rival and this game implicates who goes to the playoffs.  Now the opposing team has just scored a touchdown and your team is down by six points with less than five seconds to go in the game. ...

Tags Rescinds Saints Punishments

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has wiped out punishments against the four players in the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" case. Tagliabue had been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the players' appeal in the case since it was perceived that Goodell could not be seen as a neutral party in any kind of punitive discussion. Tagliabue found that...

How Paul Tagliabue saved the NFL and players from themselves in Bountygate

  King Solomon solved a thorny legal question with a decision to split a baby in half. It was the stuff of Biblical legend. Retired NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue split the baby today by giving all sides in the New Orleans Saints Bountygate scandal a face-saving way to claim a win. Tagliabue deserves a paragraph when they re-edit Scripture. Current NFL Commissioner...

Breaking: Paul Tagliabue lifts all Saints player suspensions

Paul Tagliabue has lifted all suspensions related to the Saints bounty scandal. (Credit: Associated Press) Four players that played for the New Orleans Saints had been previously suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for their roles in the Saints pay-for-injury scandal led by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Now after fighting for a fair and open appeal, current Saints...

Tagliabue vacates penalties

Paul Tagliabue affirmed the findings of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the league's investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, but vacated all discipline issued to players who were punished, league spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Twitter. As a result, the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland Browns linebacker...

Eliminating kickoffs is wrong call

The NFL has been accused in the past of trying to turn the game into flag football. Does it really want to now lend credence to that by getting rid of an exciting, but sometimes dangerous, part of the game? Reports have been flying this week that the NFL's competition committee would look at the possibility of eliminating kickoffs in the name of player safety. In a recent Time...

A victory for the players: Tagliabue vacates all player discipline in NFL bounty case

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has issued a ruling regarding the the player suspension appeals in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case. After current commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the situation, Tagliabue maintained that the League’s findings against Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma were factual but rescinded the suspensions set fourth upon [...]
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.