Sports Business Journal released its annual “50 most influential people in sports business” list Monday, and just outside the top 10 is Tim Leiweke, whose sphere includes, prominently, the L.A. Galaxy.
Leiweke, the president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, is 12th on the list, up from 14th last year, and the rise is primarily product of his and AEG's push to build an NFL stadium in downtown L.A.
AEG played savior when Major League Soccer was teetering a decade ago, buying all or part of six clubs and prodding the stadium-building movement in the league with construction of Home Depot Center in Carson. AEG now owns the Galaxy and half of the Houston Dynamo.
The company also owns the NHL's L.A. Kings, part of the NBA's L.A. Lakers and WNBA's L.A. Sparks, Staples Center and Home Depot Center, L.A. Live, the East Coast Hockey League's Ontario Reign, soccer and hockey teams in Europe and a minor-league hockey team in New Hampshire, and it owns or operates numerous facilities around the world.
The top three on SBJ's list: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN/ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer and NBA Commissioner David Stern.
The full list is here.