Mark Cuban's left butt cheek is attached to the 50th most-powerful person in the sports world.
Mark Cuban's left butt cheek is attached to the 50th most-powerful person in the sports world.
Mark Cuban's left butt cheek is attached to the 50th most-powerful person in the sports world.

Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones Are Powerful. Tom Hicks, Not S'Much.

The new issue of Business Week ranks the top 100 playas in the sports world -- and guess which local ranks highest. C'mon. Just one guess. Fine -- it's the guy currently showing his tushy on Dancing With the Stars, who comes in at No. 50 on the list -- behind the likes of, oh, NFL commish Roger Goodell (tops), Tiger Woods, A-Rod and anti-doping copper Dick Pound, with whom I share my high-school nickname.

Dallas Cowboys (and Dallas Desperados) owner Jerry Jones is just three spots below Mark Cuban -- and Jerry's probably more than a little surprised, given his billion-dollar bonanza going up in Arlington gets him the most valuable franchise in the National Football League. But you know who's probably more than a little stunned he couldn't make the same list as Yao Ming, WNBA president Donna Orender, Tony Hawk and Arnold Palmer? Tom Hicks, most likely -- because, apparently, owning the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars ain't enough to make you as powerful as a guy with an NFL and arena-league team. Or maybe Business Week and list-producing partner ESPN the Magazine just felt like you gotta earn your way into the rankings. In short: Prove it, Tom. Prove it hard. --Robert Wilonsky

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