1. George Bodenheimer, ESPN/ABC Sports president: He oversees a sports-media empire that’s involved in all areas of college athletics; the recent deals to acquire the rights to the BCS and to SEC games were blockbusters.
2. Myles Brand, NCAA president: This former president of Indiana University and the University of Oregon sets the tone for the NCAA and spurred the enactment of the major academic reform package that has made the letters “APR” critical to athletic departments everywhere.
3. Sean McManus