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Boston team owners land on most influential in sports list

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff  December 12, 2011 10:14 AM

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Robert Kraft, John Henry, and Jeremy Jacobs (from left)

Championships aren't the only things that accumulate among Boston's pro sports teams. Powerful team owners also are dotting the region.

Three of the four owners of Boston's major teams earned recognition on the 2011 list of SportsBusiness Journal's "50 Most Influential People in Sports Business."

The Patriots' Robert Kraft (No. 8), the Red Sox' John Henry (No. 25) and the Bruins' Jeremy Jacobs (No. 46) all made the list. Only Celtics principal owner Wyc Grousbeck missed out among local owners.

Only seven team owners were included in SBJ's list. The others were: the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones' (No. 10), the Los Angeles Lakers' Jerry and Jeanie Buss (No. 20), the New York Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner (No. 40) and the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban (No. 45).

Kraft and Henry were both listed on the list last year, and each jumped one spot on the list since 2010. Jacobs was not on the list last year.

The Patriots owner won praise from SBJ for being the man “who may have been most responsible for saving the NFL season" during the lockout.

Henry, whose group also owns the Liverpool soccer team, earned notice for holding two "important and highly watched industry pillars."

Jacobs, still riding the bounce of the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory, "has become one of the most influential owners in the NHL," SBJ said.

The top-rated person on the list was NBC Universal president Steve Burke, who oversees the company's sports TV properties.

Henry's Fenway Sports Group also has a stake in NASCAR's Roush Fenway Racing team, and Kraft owns the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

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