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pinkfrog
Dec 14th, 2005, 07:58 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/5160026

maria is number 1 :woohoo:

sioul
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:05 PM
:hearts: :hearts: :rolls: good for her

bellascarlett
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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! :clap2:...now if she can just stay away from basketball courts... :rolleyes:

i hope she does win a major next year! :D

Mafia_Sharapova
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:17 PM
congratulation Maria :worship: :hearts:

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Volcana
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:38 PM
Not conceivably an ordered list. If it was, an executive would be #1, not a player.

Martian Willow
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:40 PM
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. :)

tennisjay
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:49 PM
Look at what these women have done for tennis and women sports in general. Thatís why people respect them so much. Women and young girls the world over will benefit from what they have done you couldnít 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.

Volcana
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:50 PM
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.

TonyP
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:56 PM
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.

pinkfrog
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:56 PM
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.

Martian Willow
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:00 PM
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. :rolleyes:

borisy
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:05 PM
4. Venus and Serena Williams

As if they are like Siamese twins :)

bellascarlett
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Look at what these women have done for tennis and women sports in general. Thatís why people respect them so much. Women and young girls the world over will benefit from what they have done you couldnít 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...

Volcana
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:10 PM
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.)

pinkfrog
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:32 PM
Oh god, please don't start giving her credit for other peoples success the way people do with Anna. :rolleyes:

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.

rjd1111
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:45 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/5160026

maria is number 1 :woohoo:


The 56-year-old businesswoman/philanthropist, who co-founded Black Entertainment Television with her ex-husband, bought stakes in the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, the Washington Wizards of the NBA and the Washington Capitals of the NHL in May. Johnson, reportedly the first African-American woman billionaire, certainly became the first African-American woman with a stake in three pro sports franchises.

"It's about time that a woman would do this," said Johnson, a former music teacher.

While many sports fans haven't even heard of her, "in some sense Johnson is more powerful than the athletes on this list," said Bob Dorfman, executive vice president of Pickett Advertising in San Francisco.

rjd1111
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:49 PM
Good job! :clap2:...now if she can just stay away from basketball courts... :rolleyes:

i hope she does win a major next year! :D


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.

??????

VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:55 PM
Good job! :clap2:...now if she can just stay away from basketball courts... :rolleyes:

i hope she does win a major next year! :D

Why would she need to stay away from the basketball courts? Let the girl have a damn life.

CooCooCachoo
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:56 PM
Such articles are worthless if they don't properly define how they measured 'power'.

Stamp Paid
Dec 14th, 2005, 10:02 PM
Why would she need to stay away from the basketball courts? Let the girl have a damn life.

Getting dicked down by Lebron 'nem cant be good for her game. :tape::p

tennisjay
Dec 14th, 2005, 10:08 PM
three young women? who are you talking about? The williams + maria? cause you just said maria needs more respect as an athlete...

Oh Iím sorry I should have mentioned her by name, Michelle Wie this young lady is going places.

bellascarlett
Dec 14th, 2005, 10:23 PM
Why would she need to stay away from the basketball courts? Let the girl have a damn life.

:lol: oh please it was a joke...

auntie janie
Dec 14th, 2005, 10:34 PM
Good job! :clap2:...now if she can just stay away from basketball courts... :rolleyes:

LOL! Actually I think it's great Maria can go out in public without feeling the need to doll herself up or paint on a half-inch layer of makeup, a la Kourni. Good for her to not worry that her appearance might displease a bunch of message-board goofs. :devil:

bellascarlett
Dec 14th, 2005, 10:36 PM
LOL! Actually I think it's great Maria can go out in public without feeling the need to doll herself up or paint on a half-inch layer of makeup, a la Kourni. Good for her to not worry that her appearance might displease a bunch of message-board goofs. :devil:

:lol:...so true...

tennisjay
Dec 14th, 2005, 10:47 PM
LOL! Actually I think it's great Maria can go out in public without feeling the need to doll herself up or paint on a half-inch layer of makeup, a la Kourni. Good for her to not worry that her appearance might displease a bunch of message-board goofs. :devil:


The only one displeased my friend are you Maria fans. If youíre going to start post like this donít be offend when it doesnít go your way. Everyone here is not a Maria fans so donít expect those of us who are not to faun over her like the lots of you, if you want to get stupid about it. You Maria fans seem to be the only ones name calling when we tell the truth about Maria.

auntie janie
Dec 14th, 2005, 11:39 PM
The only one displeased my friend are you Maria fans. If youíre going to start post like this donít be offend when it doesnít go your way. Everyone here is not a Maria fans so donít expect those of us who are not to faun over her like the lots of you, if you want to get stupid about it. You Maria fans seem to be the only ones name calling when we tell the truth about Maria.

My dear friend, I am NOT a Maria fan, and I could NEVER be offended by what anyone here thinks about ANY photo of ANY player. Nice try, though! :wavey:

SAEKeithSerena
Dec 14th, 2005, 11:43 PM
don't agree, i don't think she's nearly as powerful or appealing as serena is. she just makes more money.

QUEENLINDSAY
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:35 AM
Maria is the most powerful player as per this institution! Get a GRIP guys!!! Maria is the Queen now!!! Accept it or not!!

tennisIlove09
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:39 AM
11 Women. lol

"Powerful women in sports". I wonder what that means exactly. Its just some silly list. Like Maria has more "power"? Power to do what?

geoepee
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:14 AM
4. Venus and Serena Williams

As if they are like Siamese twins :)
i was thinking the same thing :D

TonyP
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:17 AM
The article says Sorrenstam may be the most dominate athlete in any sport today.

No, I would say that is Michael Schumacher, who won five consecutive world championships, had a bad 2005 and still finished third in the rankings this year.

!!!--Duizô--!!!
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:18 AM
Maria! :bowdown:

dania
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:40 PM
The article says Sorrenstam may be the most dominate athlete in any sport today.

No, I would say that is Michael Schumacher, who won five consecutive world championships, had a bad 2005 and still finished third in the rankings this year.
I would agree with you.

K-Dog
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:50 PM
Too bad being no.1 on this list doesn't equal slam titles huh?

Harju.
Dec 15th, 2005, 02:43 PM
11 Women. lol

"Powerful women in sports". I wonder what that means exactly. Its just some silly list. Like Maria has more "power"? Power to do what?
I can't help it but to say "Make every shot a POWER shot" :tape:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:06 PM
4. Venus and Serena Williams

As if they are like Siamese twins :)
It was cool in 1997, 1998, or even 1999. But it's so cliche now.

xan
Dec 16th, 2005, 12:11 AM
Maria has awesome power! :eek:

brunof
Dec 16th, 2005, 02:52 AM
Where is Michelle Kwan on this list? :rolleyes: She's been my number one for over ten years now. Maria and Wei weren't even born then. :tape:

geoepee
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:21 AM
Where is Michelle Kwan on this list? :rolleyes: She's been my number one for over ten years now. Maria and Wei weren't even born then. :tape:
Hey brunof! :) Michelle will win in Italy! :)

Andy.
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:28 AM
Those are some nice comments about Maria

jacobruiz
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Maria!:worship:

Mercury Rising
Dec 16th, 2005, 06:03 PM
This is a joke, right?

TonyP
Dec 16th, 2005, 08:47 PM
I think power has to be defined, first in terms of getting things done and not many actual tennis players right now have the power to do that.

I guess a second measure of their power is how many fans they can draw to an event. That is hard to measure, since the events go on regardless of who plays them, but as I noted in an earlier post, the presence of Maria playing Serena in the finals of the 2004 YEC was not big enough and did not draw in enough fans for the owners of the Staples Center to agree to keep the tournament beyond 2005.

Other tournaments, like Indian WElls, attract the top players and still don't make money. The only event which appear to be guaranteed money makers are the slams and they happen no matter who plays or who doesn't play. TV ratings can also be a measure of power, but because it depends upon which country's ratings you are talking about, its hard to judge who is a draw and who is not.

Lastly, power might be defined in terms of commercial endorsement power, and that would mean Anna Kournikova is one of the most powerful women players in history, something that I am sure will infuriate her critics on this board.

But Anna also always pulled them in when she played, too. I remember once seeing her at Indian Wells. It was night, Lindsay Davenport was playing before an almost empty grandstand court in a singles match, while the stands were packed over on one of the side courts, where Anna was playing doubles.

So, I think she might have satisfied two of the three criteria. Maria would as well, so probably would the Williams sisters and at this point, from the amount of press she is getting, so will Hingis.

Its funny, but the most powerful women in tennis will probably once again be the four teenagers who debuted in the mid-90s, with Maria Sharapova being the only player to come along and join that elite group.

Denise4925
Dec 16th, 2005, 10:03 PM
Good job! :clap2:...now if she can just stay away from basketball courts... :rolleyes:

i hope she does win a major next year! :D
Yes, she must stay away from those big black evil men on the basketball courts. :devil: :lol:

Denise4925
Dec 16th, 2005, 10:05 PM
Not conceivably an ordered list. If it was, an executive would be #1, not a player.
Actually, this list makes no sense. What makes the the woman powerful? If it were money, No. 2 would be No. 1. If it were domination in the sport, Maria wouldn't be No. 1. I don't get it.

Denise4925
Dec 16th, 2005, 10:12 PM
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.
And, you were doing so well in the beginning of your post Tony.

brunof
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:29 AM
Hey brunof! :) Michelle will win in Italy! :)

:wavey: Hi! I haven't lost my love for Michelle, and I just hope and pray she will have two great skates, win or lose. I'm afraid though that we could very well see a Russian sweep...I think all Irina will have to do is sit on the ice and fart to win. :o

sunset
Dec 17th, 2005, 05:12 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/5160026

maria is number 1 :woohoo:

And rightfully so.