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Claudius 10-19-2010 07:20 PM

What sports figure has had the greatest impact on sports in this generation?
 
So, is it MJ? Gretzky? Someone else?

Who's had the greatest impact?

Windex 10-19-2010 07:39 PM

MJ
sports shifted from importance of team to importance on individuals
also, from a marketing aspect, all players want shoe deals/endorsements straight of the gate. creating an all important brand
dont think thats how it worked before the 80's

'trane 10-19-2010 07:41 PM

in that case, windex, i'm picking oscar robertson. he started the whole thing.

jeffb 10-19-2010 08:08 PM

Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods.

Gurk 10-19-2010 08:16 PM

I have gotta say Tiger

Windex 10-19-2010 08:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 'trane (Post 446401)
in that case, windex, i'm picking oscar robertson. he started the whole thing.

David Stern would be the more appropriate pick

Acie 10-19-2010 08:25 PM

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

They saved the NBA.

fancylad 10-19-2010 08:28 PM

Vince Carter. if something is too hard, it's OK to quit.

Scully 10-19-2010 08:30 PM

Mike Tyson.

Windex 10-19-2010 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 446434)
Vince Carter. if something is too hard, it's OK to quit.

the LeBron effect as is now known

SoGood 10-19-2010 08:32 PM

how about phil knight the CEO of NIKE?

it's a bit off the board... but look at what Nike has done in terms of apparel and athletics in ALL sports and how they marketed Jordan, Woods and many other Nike athletes.

SoGood 10-19-2010 08:34 PM

btw, i kinda LOL'ed about the Dana White, Steinbrenner and McMahon answer on TheScore.

Windex 10-19-2010 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoGood (Post 446446)
btw, i kinda LOL'ed about the Dana White, Steinbrenner and McMahon answer on TheScore.

no need to lol
White brought MMA to the mainstream
Stienbrenner made the Yankess the Yankees again
and the WWE plays to sold out arenas 300 days of the yea

'trane 10-19-2010 08:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Windex (Post 446429)
David Stern would be the more appropriate pick

touche

bjjs 10-19-2010 09:03 PM

Venus Williams.

SoGood 10-19-2010 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Windex (Post 446456)
no need to lol
White brought MMA to the mainstream
Stienbrenner made the Yankess the Yankees again
and the WWE plays to sold out arenas 300 days of the yea

I'm not disputing the fact that they had impact, but the GREATEST?
I guess it's all subjective right...

White did bring MMA to mainstream but does it pale in comparison to other sports? I don't think its on the level of the MAJOR4 sports yet.

Steinbrenner... I get the yankees logo being the most iconic logo in sports and I guess he changed the way how some leagues are allowed to build their teams like salary caps in NBA/NHL...

McMahon...he really pushed the envelope in terms of cable tv...the stuff that they have on such as the divas in bra and panties...blood/violence etc all on a weeknight show...but i think cabbie said it best: "is cirque du soleil a sport?"

I guess I just wasn't WOW'ed with how they swayed me in terms of their arguments

Claudius 10-19-2010 09:56 PM

I personally would go with Lance Armstrong.

The work he did with raising cancer awareness.

Bringing cycling over to the US audience and making it some what main stream.

His Livestrong brand alone is everywhere.

Considering what he had to work with and where the sport was when he was in it (i.e. being covered on ESPN etc.) I'd go with Lance.

Nites 10-19-2010 11:32 PM

Cassius Clay

fancylad 10-20-2010 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 007nites (Post 446551)
Cassius Clay

not for 'our generation.'

I'd probably say Michael Jordan works best on a few levels. both the good and the bad. you know. the superstar tag, the hype, the brand, etc. - lots of which is a step in the wrong direction.

Belsius 10-20-2010 11:36 AM

If we talk world wide, michael jordan and is not close.


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