50 Most Influential People Behind The Scenes In Sports #34 MASAI UJIRI


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So much of the way we watch and enjoy sports is determined by people who have never participated in a professional athletic event in their lives.

Casting a wide net, we searched the sports world for the 50 most influential people who operate behind the scenes. This includes presidents, owners, managers, coaches, agents, doctors, and reporters.
These are the coaches who change the way the games are played, the commentators who shape the national conversation about sports, the agents who decide which stars play where, the owners who build juggernauts from scratch, and executives who alter the trajectories of their leagues over a huge period of time.
In short, these are the behind-the-scenes people who are responsible for what we watch when we watch sports.
Go to our Most Influential People Behind the Scenes In Sports homepage to learn more about the people on the list.

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34. Masai Ujiri

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Toronto Raptors general manager
Age: 44
Ujiri became the first African-born general manager for an American sports team when he took over the Denver Nuggets’ front office in 2010. Ujiri concocted the Carmelo Anthony trade with the Knicks, which prevented Denver from losing Anthony with nothing in return and instead landed them four players and a first-round draft pick. He won NBA Executive of the Year in 2013 before signing a five-year, $15 million deal to become GM of the Raptors that offseason.
guess that players should earn royalty payments from money the NCAA earns from players’ likenesses.

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