Patriots owner passes Jerry Jones on list of most influential people in sports business
While Jerry Jones’ Cowboy teams dominated the 1990s, Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots have done the same during this decade.
The two owners each possess three Super Bowl rings to prove their success.
But who is the more influential owner when it comes to sports as a whole?
According to SportsBusinessJournal.com, that honor belongs to Kraft.
The 69-year-old Kraft, who is founder, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, ranked ninth among the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business list.
Jones came in one spot behind him at No. 10.
Kraft was ranked 13th on last year’s list and Jones placed at No. 9.
“Robert Kraft has long been an influential owner, what with his three-time Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots and stints on the broadcast and labor committees,” the website wrote. “He is also incredibly connected in top social and political circles. Now, he appears to be positioning himself as the ownership vision of hope in the NFL labor talks, with his recent comments of optimism.”
The website said Jones “remains one of the league’s most influential voices, with his revenue-rich stadium, seats on powerful committees and, notwithstanding this year’s disappointing on-field product, ownership of one of the top brands in sports.”
If the two owners really wanted to settle who is more influential, maybe the deciding factor can be who wins a fourth ring.
However, with Kraft’s Patriots locking up a playoff spot on Sunday, that doesn’t look good for Jones.