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The 10 most powerful women in sports

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1. Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova emerged in 2005 as both an on-the-court juggernaut and a formidable financial force. (Alexander Nemenov / Getty Images)

The 18-year-old budding tennis star, who hails from Russia and won Wimbledon last year, sits atop the female athlete income rankings, with annual earnings estimated at $18-23 million. Aside from her tournament winnings, the 6-foot-2, long-legged blonde has a slew of corporate endorsements, including Nike, Canon cameras, Motorola phones and Tag Heuer watches.

Sharapova was ranked No. 1 in women's tennis for part of the year, and if she can win more major tournaments, her endorsement value could increase even further. "She's beautiful, good with the media and hasn't even come into her own yet," said Dean Bonham, head of the Bonham Group, a sports and entertainment marketing company. "She may earn more than any other female athlete in the history of this country."
Good job! ...now if she can just stay away from basketball courts...

i hope she does win a major next year!

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Not conceivably an ordered list. If it was, an executive would be #1, not a player.

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10. Donna Lopiano

The executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation, which was founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King, Lopiano has done as much as anyone to advance the position of women in sports.
Thats nice, but I wonder how much progress has really been made when you can be the 6th most powerful woman in sport just by coming 4th in one fairly minor car race.
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Look at what these women have done for tennis and women sports in general. That’s why people respect them so much. Women and young girls the world over will benefit from what they have done you couldn’t ask for better role models then the these three young women.

4. Venus and Serena Williams
The sisters brought women's tennis to a new level when they burst on the scene in the late 1990s with their combination of power and athleticism. They also helped diversify the sport, becoming the first women of color to win major tournaments since Althea Gibson in the 1950s.

The Williams duo (Venus is 25 and Serena is 24) also pack marketing power. Serena's earnings are estimated at $12-20 million per year, powered largely by her endorsement contract with Nike. And Venus takes home an estimated $7-9 million, including a deal with Wilson racquets.

Although the sisters no longer dominate the sport as they did at the beginning of the decade, they each won a major event this year, with Serena taking the Australian Open and Venus winning Wimbledon.
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Thats nice, but I wonder how much progress has really been made when you can be the 6th most powerful woman in sport just by coming 4th in one fairly minor car race.
The car race in question is one of the tow or three most famous in the world, and Fox uses a pretty loose definition of 'powerful'. Being popular and making a lot of money is not the same as being powerful in the real world. But that's Fox for you.

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The Indie 500, although no longer the storied event it once was, is certinly not a fairly minor car race. That being said, Patrick has yet to win a race in the big leagues and I suspect her star is going to fade fairly quickly if she does not start winning.

I would also think that Michelle Wei has moved up in those rankings, probably to second place right now. She too has yet to win a tournament in the big leagues, but the thing is, unless the world spins out of its orbit, she no doubt will win a big one, while Patrick could easily not win anything of importance.

And Maria will stay up there for awhile, although he star will begin to diminish if she doesn't win a major in 2006.

But I also question what "Most Powerful" actually means in all these cases. None of the athletes are exactly in control of the sports they play. And, as we have seen in tennis, life goes on with or without the stars. Both Williams sisters are gone for significant periods of time and the sport does not slip into crisis mode.

The same thing obviously proved true about Hingis. She left and life went on without her, although her impending return has generated a lot of buzz because the sport has not, with the exception of Maria, found another super star.

But the economics of the sport seems to operate somewhat independently of the appearance of any stars. Maria won the year end championship in 2004, but that wasn't good enough to make the Staples Center event financially profitable and it will be in Spain next year.

Maria may be able to move cell phones or watches or perfume and the Willies may be able to sell hamburgers, but none of them can guarantee financial success in the long run for any tournament.
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Thats nice, but I wonder how much progress has really been made when you can be the 6th most powerful woman in sport just by coming 4th in one fairly minor car race.
first it's only her first year and she did something that no woman has ever done before, i think she'll open a lot of doors for women in racing.

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first it's only her first year and she did something that no woman has ever done before, i think she'll open a lot of doors for women in racing.
Oh god, please don't start giving her credit for other peoples success the way people do with Anna.
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4. Venus and Serena Williams

As if they are like Siamese twins
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Look at what these women have done for tennis and women sports in general. That’s why people respect them so much. Women and young girls the world over will benefit from what they have done you couldn’t ask for better role models then the these three young women.
three young women? who are you talking about? The williams + maria? cause you just said maria needs more respect as an athlete...

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The two powerful women on the list, in terms of getting things done, are probably the last two on the list. Lesa France Kennedy and Donna Lopiano. NASCAR is the fastest growing sports entity in the USA, and is already the second most profitable in the USA. Running the company that runs ten of their tracks is the big time, sports-wise. And the Women's Sport Foundation is an organization that's found testifying at Congress regularly, and is at least partially responsible for the change in the participation of women in sports in the USA in the last 25 years. Those two eat at the grownup's table.

As for the rest ....

The WNBA is a perennial money-loser wholely financed by the NBA.
The Oakland Raiders are a single sports franchise, with very little influence outside the league.
And while some of those players are leveraging their fame to other things, none of them can be said made a mojor impact IN those other things yet. (One must concede Venus and Serena Williams both clearly have intent, but Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey they aren't.)

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Oh god, please don't start giving her credit for other peoples success the way people do with Anna.
im not comparing her to anna, there were already women playing tennis, but as far as motorsports are concerned danica is the first to break thru.

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