Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tiger most powerful athlete despite scandal

Bloomberg BusinessWeek just came out with its Power 100 2010 list ranking the top athletes in the world. Tiger Woods was #1 despite the massive sex scandal late last year. He won't be #1 next year after the major hit to his public reputation and marriage, his leave of absence from golf and the fleeing of his advertisers. It will be interesting to see how many spots he falls, if he even makes the list at all.

I was surprised Derek Jeter was only #33 on the list. Jeter is the most visible player for the New York Yankees, the most recognized baseball team in the world. But athletes in individual sports such as golf took most of the top spots while the National Football League and National Basketball Association outranked Major League Baseball at the team sports level. Albert Pujols is the top ranked player for baseball in the #4 slot.

Jeter may be only #33 on the list, but his likeability is second to none in Yankee land. Perhaps he gets hurt by the backlash against the Yankees free-spending ways.

But as the magazine notes, Captain Clutch had a fantastic season that ended with his fifth championship. He probably moves up the list next year.

Thanks to KOknockout920 via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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