Who Are Chicago’s Most Powerful Sports Figures?

wirtzToday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) In Chicago, power matters.

But what exactly is it that defines power?

On Monday, when Chicago Magazine released its third annual list of the “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans,” it explained that, “Influence, ability, and clout decide who ranks where.”

And who ranks at the top of the magazine’s list for 2014 is Rahm Emanuel, although when Chicago’s mayor was asked who he thinks is the most powerful person in town, he responded, “I have no idea. I don’t spend time thinking about it.”

Well, on Monday night, I did spend time thinking about not the most powerful person in town, but rather Chicago’s most powerful sports figure. Among its roll call of political heavyweights, business executives, celebrity restaurateurs and artistic types, Chicago Magazine did place six local sports figures on its 2014 Power List, although four of those six dropped from their spots in last year’s rankings.

Just like wins for their struggling teams, Chicago’s sports bigwigs could apparently use more power. Or perhaps, when it comes to sports, wins and power equate to the same thing. Either way, here are the city’s most powerful sports figures as ranked in Chicago Magazine’s list, along with my own thoughts about each:

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