- Field Yates, ESPN Insider
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among the most powerful people in sports, while reserve quarterback Ryan Mallett sits on the other end of the spectrum, that according to Sports Illustrated, which has released a series of power-in-sports related articles.
Kraft checks in at No. 12 on Sports Illustrated's "Power 50," a look at the most powerful non-athlete figures in sports. That puts him behind only one other NFL owner, Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Rams, the Colorado Avalanche, the Denver Nuggets and Arsenal, the popular soccer club in England.
The article notes Kraft's influence in helping to put an end to the 2011 NFL lockout and the job he has done in turning the Patriots into one of the NFL's model franchises.
In a separate piece, Richard Deitsch chronicles the 10 least powerful people in sports (athletes included) and puts Mallett at No. 8. The reason? Playing behind Tom Brady, whose recently agreed to contract extension locks him up through the age of 40. Mallett remains under contract with the Patriots for two more seasons.