The 50 Most Essential People in Sports Today

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The 50 Most Essential People in Sports Today

In sports, a lot of athletes, owners, coaches and analysts come and go, but only so many have such an impression on their respective sport that we'd call them essential.

They're a part of the foundation that holds their sport together, and their actions inspire debate, attract both diehard and casual fans, and most importantly, they bring the ratings. 

Should aliens show up tomorrow and take any of the following 50 people from us, their sport will suffer an enormous blow—and we could also start screaming hysterically, because that would be weird.

Let's take a look...

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