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Derek Jeter is the third most powerful figure in New York Sports? Really?

Jul 24, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

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The ranking is by the Daily News which, given its priorities, I’m shocked A-Rod wasn’t in the top spot, but we’ll leave that go. Their list says Jeter’s only rivals in New York Sports power are James Dolan and Roger Goodell.

Jeter’s attributes of power: his wealth (they cite $265 million in baseball salary alone), his iconic status, his vanity publishing imprint and his popularity. There’s a bone thrown to him maybe being a team owner one day, but given his wealth (great, but not Titan-level) and the price of teams (insanely high), such an ownership would largely be a vanity project too.

So I’m gonna give his number three rankingĀ a big “nope.” He may be the most popular figure in New York sports, but I’m not exactly sure what power he wields. He doesn’t make deals. The Yankees’ deals from here on out (and for some time) are based on his impending absence, not his presence. Maybe you call that power, but it’s pretty indirect. Meanwhile, behind him on the list are people who actually make decisions that directly matter: Bud Selig, Hal Steinbrenner, Phil Jackson, John Mara, Adam Silver Woody Johnson, the Wilpons and a host of other executives who actually make decisions.

Of course, it’s not shocking that the Daily News would mistake glitz and glamour for power.

  1. nysportsrule - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Influential maybe. Influence is not power.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      There was a guy in Germany in the 30s thatd disagree with the second part of that statement.

      • dan1111 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        I, for one, welcome our new Jeter overlord!

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Godwin alert.

    • miguelcairo - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Wanna bet?

    • mikhelb - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Are you sure? Politics have no power, yet they have influences and that’s what gives them power, because a single politic can not do a single thing in terms of laws, all need to be reviewed and approved by his peers… yet their power is abismal compared to, lets say you and me and most people commenting in here.

  2. kopy - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Today’s reminder that athletes, musicians, actors, etc. are ultimately entertainers, and the real powerful (and richer) people are the ones that pay them for the entertainment.

  3. dan1111 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    This just in: arbitrary, poorly-defined, subjective ranking is wrong!

  4. beefytrout - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Derek Jeter’s penis ranked #5, so let’s not feel too bad for him.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Compared to our own BigHarold?

  5. hojo20 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    What about Mike Lupica?

  6. jkay1818 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    wow, craig you hate Jeter.

  7. gloccamorra - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Jeter can stop a cabbie by raising one arm. That’s power in NYC.

  8. ahrmon - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Oh hey, a snarky anti-Jeter article. How original. How creative.

  9. jerze2387 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    yeah jeets

  10. mikhelb - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    “Power” not only means “decision making”, it means they have the power to do most things that normal people who are not famous can not do or have a hard time to achieve.

    You can walk to an investor with the best plan ever, ask him for a few hundred thousands of his money to invest in your idea and 99% of the chances you’ll get a resounding NO. But if somebody with influences like Jeter ask the same investor for the same amount for a crappy idea, he’ll get a yes because his name carries power and influences.

    How many times have you been standing outside of a bar or a disco (do they exist in NY? In Los Cabos and other tourist cities i visit every week they do) waiting to be allowed to enter, but can see that a “renowned personality” enters with no fuzz whatsoever… doors open to some people due to their “power”.

    Lets compare:
    My nephew’s baseball coach has power to decide wheter somebody plays or not, whether a pitcher gets to stay or go, yet he has no influences and has no power outside of the playing field.

    The same coach works with a team in a famous winter league in another city, and in that city he has power because he is “a minor celebrity” (like most baseball players in the mexican pacific).

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