The Most Powerful Individuals In The U.S. Sports Industry!

FRANK YRAYContributor IJuly 8, 2008

This is the easiest answer to any tough question, one that repeats itself over and over. Why was any war fought? Why do people betray love ones? Why is Hoffa buried in the end zone? Well my friends as any good detective will tell you fallow the money!

My top 3 individuals are all Americans, deceased and served their country as public servants. I guess your answer would be dead president's but you would only be two thirds right. Two are one is not although he could have been. I can see you scratching your head and pondering this riddle, while you do I'm going to start the top 3 countdown of "The Most Powerful Individuals In The U.S. Sports Industry!"

#3 this man is a former US President let see if you can guess who he is? He's not the easiest to pick out although he did serve two terms as U.S. President. He was born in Jersey in 1837 and has a few rarities, he was the only President married in the White House. This man  was the only President to leave the White House and return for a second term four years later. So who is he?  

Grover Cleveland 

Twenty-Second President
Twenty-Fourth President

You might be saying Grover who? if you're a little younger and didn't pay attention in h history classes. Next you're probably saying ok why, not so fast young man we're on to the #2 in the top 3 most powerful individuals in U.S. sports.

#2 Hails from The OC! No not Orange County, he was long gone before that part of the country was ever discovered. Clues in 1776 he participated in the framing of the Virginia Constitution, served in the Continental Congress, and was a Virginia Assembly leader. He was referred to as the "Father of the Constitution" although he refused that notion.  Helped frame the Bill of Rights, asked Congress to declare war, allowed the British to set fire to the White House and Capitol. With all this his wife Dolly is probably more famous then him. If that didn't give it away, I guess you need it spelled out for you. M like Mike, A as in apple, D like defense wins championships, I not in your eye, SON like I'm talking to my 2 year old!

James Madison    

Fourth President

If you're getting miffed by this point don't be it will be over soon enough and on to the number 1 in our count down to the top 3 most powerful individuals in U.S. sports! Ths guy is just too tough so I'm going to save you from burning the paper or throwing your laptop out the window here is his cut and pasted biography!


Secretaries of the Treasury


Salmon P. Chase
(1861 - 1864)

Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873) resigned from the Senate in 1861 to become President Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury as the Civil War began. The war created the need to raise money, and with customs revenue from the Southern  cotton trade cut off, Chase had to implement internal taxes. The Bureau of Internal Revenue, later the Internal Revenue Service, was created in 1862 to collect stamp taxes and internal duties.

The next year it administered the nation's first income tax. In order to further finance the war, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was established in 1862 to print the government's first currency, known as greenback because of their color. These were legal tender notes not backed by specie. Chase disapproved in principle of the legal tender notes; with no requirement for specie backing they could be printed in unlimited quantities and were therefore inflationary. He recognized their necessity in a time of emergency, but later, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he would declare the notes unconstitutional. The National Banking System was created in 1863 to establish a uniform currency. The greenbacks, within a new network of national banks, directly involved the government in banking for the first time. Chase resigned in 1864, having put the nation's finances in a more favorable condition. Lincoln appointed him Chief Justice later that year, and he presided over the Court during the difficult period of Reconstruction.

 So now you're like where the hell is this going and I'll refer you back to the top fallow the money!

One Thousand Dollar Bill - this bill is no longer in circulation.

  • The portrait is of Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th President.

Five Thousand Dollar Bill - this bill is no longer in circulation.

  • The portrait is of James Madison, our 4th President.

Ten Thousand Dollar Bill - this bill is no longer in circulation.

  • The portrait is of Salmon P. Chase. 

This concludes today's history lesson and remember, The Most Powerful Individuals In The U.S. Sports Industry are all the men on the big dollars that pay the men that play for big dollars! And sad to say that's all they play for now and the "love of the game" is definatly  history!