Cleveland and The Power 100 List
Posted by disappointmentzone on 27 September 2007
Anyone around here tired of blog posts that involve Cleveland and power rankings? Well you might want to skip over this post because Business Week just dropped its list of the 100 most powerful people in sports and Cleveland is well represented. (1)
LeBron James is the only Cleveland athlete to make the list. He comes in at #19. That might seem a little low until you realize that he’s the fourth highest ranked professional athlete. Only Tiger Woods (2), Peyton Manning (13), and David Beckham (17) are more powerful than LeBron James, but that could all change this Saturday when he hosts SNL.
Three other folks represent Cleveland and they all come from the IMG conglomerate, which is currently assisting the Indians in finding a suitable partner for the naming rights to Jacobs Field. CEO Theodore Forstermann comes in at #27, president George Pyne comes in at #59, and Senior Vice President Mark Steinberg comes in at #72, just ahead of Maria Sharapova.
On a list of the most powerful people in sports in the entire universe our little dusty hamlet on the shores of the Erie lake represents a solid 4% of the entire list. You’d be hard pressed to find another locale with fire-prone rivers doing better than good old Cleveland.
fn 1: Here is a piece of trivial I just learned that relates to Cleveland. You know how Chicago is known as The Windy City? It turns out the moniker has nothing to do with strong winds and everything to do with Chicago’s blow hole politicians. That was the original meaning when it was first coined in the Cleveland Gazette many many years ago. It’s just another example of how Cleveland dictates the terms of Chicago’s existence, like when the Indians use the White Sox as a doormat.