What can President Barack Obama possibly have in common with Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan, UFC President Dana White, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, NASCAR Chair Brian France, PGA President Tim Finchem, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, FIFA Chair Sepp Blatter, Fox Sports 1 Co-President Eric Shanks, New England Patriots President Robert Kraft, Nike owner Phil Knight, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, ESPN President John Skipper, NBA Commissioner David Stern, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?
According to Sports Illustrated, which is owned by Time Warner, Obama, like them, is one of the 50 most powerful people in sports. Obama, probably not-so-coincidentally, comes in at 44 (Obama is the 44th president):
POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff -- on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn't have to play football -- and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J.
Just like many of his undeserved accolades--most notably the Nobel Peace Prize--here is another mind-boggling media honor given to Obama by a mainstream press that genuflects more than they hold Obama to account.
This type of bias and fawning coverage is probably the reason why when Time Warner tried to break off its magazine properties from the parent company recently, the deals fell through because nobody wanted Time and Sports Illustrated.