Behind ESPN/ABC Sports Boss, Jerry Jones is Most Powerful Man in Sports.

The morning after his Dallas Cowboys find themselves two wins from clinching a wild-card spot, owner and general manager Jerry Jones is still pretty high -- which is to say, he sits at No. 2 on Sports Business Journal's list of sports' 50 Most Influential figures. Jones is behind only George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN/ABC Sports -- makes sense. As for Jones, he's up 13 spots from last year's list. How come? One billion guesses.

A $1 billion stadium opening in 2009, a concessions partnership with the New York Yankees, borrowing $350 million at the peak of the credit crisis, struggling to find a naming-rights company in a sour economy, arguing for the NFL Network to gain cable distribution. Oh, did we mention that Jerry Jones also has a football team under his wing that plays in Dallas and gets a bit of attention.

But for some bad news now, this poll being conducted on Which song should be the last ever played in Texas Stadium, following next week's tussle with the Ravens? An inevitable but nonetheless terrible list of options. --Robert Wilonsky


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