Five sports figures among Chicago's most powerful


Well, I was snubbed again.

Chicago Magazine’s annual “Power 100” list was released online Monday morning (It was already in the March newsstand issue), and in a shocker, they left me off again.

Their loss, right?

But, five Chicago sports figures made the cut.

Jerry Reinsdorf, the chairman of the Bulls and the White Sox, was No. 5, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz was No. 9, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was No. 13, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was No. 41, and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was No. 79.

I’d argue Ricketts is way more powerful in Chicago than Delany, but I guess the magazine writers and editors weren’t too impressed with the delay in the Wrigley Field bleacher construction. He did rise seven spots in the meaningless rankings (No, I’m not bitter.). Imagine how high he’ll be when the branding arch goes up over Clark Street.

Epstein was No. 100 last year, behind the founder of the Protein Bar and teenage publishing wunderkind Tavi Gevinson. I guess landing Jon Lester and luring Joe Maddon from the Rays was good for his #brand. At least good enough to move past Tavi.

Reinsdorf's teams made some nice offseason moves since last year's list, and he got a bump this year, from No. 11 in 2014, while Wirtz, who not only owns the Hawks and half the United Center, but also supplies the booze that gets fans spending and yelling, dropped three spots.

Delany moved up 12 spots from 2014. Why? I have no idea. Maybe because the magazine is so excited for the Big Ten tournament coming here in March.

Looking at the 2014 list, the biggest sports-related drop was Jay Cutler, who was ranked No. 23. He is, as you might expect, unranked this year. Another indignity for No. 6.

So how would you rank the “Power 25” for Chicago sports? Email me at jgreenberg@espnchicago.com or tweet me some rankings at @jon_greenberg and we’ll put it up here later in the week.