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Entertainment Weekly just recently released its annual list of the top twenty-five entertainers of the year, with the head of the list being none other than Robert Downey Jr., the man who has seemingly revived his career by appearing in box office hits such as Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. He overcame substance abuse which had troubled him for several years and included an arrest for possession of illegal drugs in the late 1990’s.

The annual rankings that Entertainment Weekly puts together includes entertainers of all different mediums (television, film, print, and the internet). Yes, Facebook made the list this year, making its debut at number 20. Past winners have included the likes of Russell Crowe, Ricky Martin, Denzel Washington, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and last year’s winner, Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling. Also making this year’s list were the robot, Wall-E, from the Disney/Pixar movie as well as the cast from Sex & the City: The Movie, which made its debut this past summer.

It is quite amazing to see who and what are considered to be the most buzzworthy, impactful entertainers according to the magazine, Entertainment Weekly. In the case of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s creation provides entertainment to the millions of users around the world that interact on its website everyday.

You can view the list below or click through the pictures of this year’s list on the Entertainment Weekly website: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20152943_20153287_20239984,00.html

1 Robert Downey Jr. Film
2 Tina Fey Television
3 Cast & Crew of The Dark Knight Film
4 The Gossip Girls Television
5 Stephanie Meyer Books
6 Lil Wayne Music
7 Rock Band Music
8 The Women of Sex & the City Film
9 The Jonas Brothers Music
10 The Talking Heads (News Anchors)
11 Meryl Streep Film
12 The Stars of Bravo Television
13 James Franco Film
14 Wall-E Film
15 Coldplay Music
16 Elizabeth Banks Film
17 Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim Television
18 Kid Rock Music
19 Jon Hamm Television
20 Facebook Internet
21 Katy Perry Music
22 Richard Jenkins Film
23 Michael Phelps Sports
24 Leona Lewis Music
25 Neil Patrick Harris Television

In case you missed it, BusinessWeek recently published their list of the “Power 100: The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.”  At the top of this year’s list is none other than Tiger Woods, perhaps the greatest golfer of all time.  Below, you will find the top half of the list (numbers 1-50) or you can view the entire list here:


1 Tiger Woods Golfer, PGA Tour
2 Roger Goodell Commissioner, NFL
3 David Stern Commissioner, NBA
4 George Bodenheimer President, ESPN
5 Dick Ebersol Chairman, NBC Sports
6 Phil Knight Chairman, Nike
7 Bud Selig Commissioner, MLB
8 Brian France Chairman & CEO, Nascar
9 Michael Jordan Basketball Legend, NBA
10 Sean McManus President, CBS Sports
11 David Hill Chairman & CEO, Fox Sports
12 Rupert Murdoch Chairman & CEO, News Corp.
13 Myles Brand President, NCAA
14 Tony Ponturo VP, Global Media, Anheuser-Busch
15 Lance Armstrong Tour de France Champion
16 Theodore Forstmann Chairman & CEO, IMG
17 Lebron James Basketball Player, Cleveland Cavaliers
18 Donald Fehr Executive Director, MLBPA
19 Steinbrenner Family Principal Owners, New York Yankees
20 John Henry Owner, Boston Red Sox
21 Gary Bettman Commissioner, NHL
22 Philip Anschutz Founder, Anschutz Entertainment Group
23 Tim Leiweke CEO, Anschutz Entertainment Group
24 Robert Kraft Owner, New England Patriots
25 Brian Roberts Chairman & CEO, Comcast
26 Jerry Jones Owner & GM, Dallas Cowboys
27 Tim Finchem Commissioner, PGA Tour
28 Kobe Bryant Basketball Player, Los Angeles Lakers
29 Peyton Manning Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
30 John Skipper Executive V.P. of Content, ESPN
31 Mark Parker President & CEO, Nike
32 Ed Goren President, Fox Sports
33 Malcom Glazer Owner, Manchester United
34 Tom Brady Quarterback, New England Patriots
35 Jeff Urban V.P., Sports Marketing, Gatorade
36 Paul Allen Owner, Seattle Seahawks
37 Scott Boras President, Scott Boras Group
38 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Driver, Nascar
39 Peter Ueberroth Chairman, U.S. Olympic Committee
40 Chase Carey CEO & President, DirecTV
41 Rick Dudley President & CEO, Octagon
42 Michael Phelps Gold Medal Swimmer, U.S. Olympic Team
43 George Pyne President, IMG Sports & Entertainment
44 Mark Cuban Owner, Dallas Mavericks
45 Alex Rodriguez Third Baseman, New York Yankees
46 Casey Wasserman CEO, Wasserman Media Group
47 Jack Nicklaus Golf Legend, PGA Tour
48 Mark Ford President, Sports Illustrated Group
49 Bob DuPuy President & CEO, MLB
50 Danica Patrick Driver, Indy Racing League

Darren Rovell’s interview with Kathleen Hessert of Sports Media Challenge and Legacy Direct can be found at the link below:

Darren Rovell on CNBC.com

Rovell’s SportsBiz feature on CNBC.com is one of the most popular sports business websites on the planet.  After the 2008 Beijing Olympic performance by Michael Phelps and his record-setting eight gold medals, everyone wanted a piece of the greatest swimmer of all time.  We were no different as we began to assess the impact of his “legacy” in and out of the pool.  Our scorecard for Phelps uses a proprietary formula that assesses the six components of a legacy: Athletic Achievement, Public Exposure, Philanthropic Self-Impact, Sustainability, Business Interactions, and Human Resources

Michael Phelps’ Legacy Scorecard

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

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