NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner Tuesday was called the most powerful owner in sports.
He is heading into his 31st year as Yankees' owner. He was called the most powerful boss in sports by the Sporting News.
Since 1990, the Sporting News has released an annual list of the 100 individuals who wield the most influence in sports. Last year's recipient, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, dropped one spot to second, switching places with Steinbrenner, 72, who has ranked in the top 10 in each of the last three years.
Steinbrenner, known for his willingness to spend freely for free agents and his volatile outbursts, has seen the Yankees win six World Series titles and nine American League pennants in his three-decade reign.
Most recently, he purchased an interest in the NBA's New Jersey Nets, who reached the NBA Finals last season, and the NHL's New Jersey Devils. He also created his own cable network, the YES network, to air Yankees, Nets and Devils games.
This marks the first time since 1993 that a team owner has finished ahead of the commissioners of the four major sports. Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was the last to do so.
"George Steinbrenner, love him or hate him, is still the envy of sports fans and team owners alike, simply based on the power he has to seemingly sign any player, regardless of salary, a luxury most professional sports teams don't have," said John Rawlings, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of the Sporting News. "However, many people do not know that his interests extend beyond baseball to the NBA, NHL and the Olympic Games, as well as television. He is clearly the most prominent and influential owner in all of sports."