Top 25 Most Important Athletes in Sports Today

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Top 25 Most Important Athletes in Sports Today
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Which athletes would it be detrimental for their sports to lose?  That is how "importance" will be defined in this list.

It's not just about their play on the field even though becoming a star in their game is a must.  What they do outside the lines matters just as much and if they don't become a recognizable face on the playing field, they won't have the same type of opportunities off it.  

Who has the most influence and power?

Here are the 25 most important athletes in sports today:

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