Tiger Not Playing; Still Powerful

Tiger Woods may be sitting at home watching golf on TV, but he still leads the 2nd annual "Power 100" rankings from BusinessWeek magazine.

The magazine released its list of the 100 most powerful people in sports and Woods topped the list for the second straight year. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and NBA Commissioner David Stern round out the top three.  LeBron James ranks as the top NBA athlete at No. 17, 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps debuts on the list at No. 42, and Danica Patrick, Indy Racing League driver, is the highest-ranked female on the list at No. 50.

The 35 panelists include athletes, executives, marketers, writers, and academics were told to make their  picks based on how each individual rates vs. his or her peers; how much money each controls, generates, or influences; and the breadth and staying power of their impact. Fans were invited to cast votes on BusinessWeek.com and their cumulative vote counted as the final panelist.

Tiger's knee injury has kept him off the course since mid-summer, but it has only whetted golf fans' appetite for his return in 2009.   Jack Nicklaus is no longer competitive on the course, but his influence as a course designer, equipment manufacturer and golf icon--we presume-- has him at #47.

Here's the top 20 on that Top 100 list

     1    Tiger Woods Golfer
     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    Allan   "Bud  " Selig Commissioner, MLB
     8    Brian France Chairman and CEO, Nascar
     9    Michael Jordan NBA great; minority owner, Charlotte Bobcats
     10   Sean McManus  President, CBS News and Sports
     11   David Hill Chairman and CEO, Fox Sports
     12   Rupert Murdoch  Chairman and CEO, News Corp.
     13   Myles Brand  President, NCAA
     14   Tony Ponturo  VP, global media and sports marketing, Anheuser-
           Busch
     15   Lance Armstrong  Tour de France cyclist
     16   Theodore Forstmann  Chairman and CEO, IMG
     17   LeBron James  Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
     18   Donald Fehr  Executive Director, Major League Baseball Players Assn.
     19   Steinbrenner Family  Principal owner, New York Yankees
     20   John Henry  Owner, Boston Red Sox; co-owner, Roush Fenway Racing