President Donald Trump was the most important figure in sports last year, according to Sports Business Journal.
"This isn't the choice we wanted to make," wrote the magazine's executive editor Abraham Madkour.
"There are many elements about this choice that are unfortunate; the biggest being it's not a positive for the industry we work in and cover. But when pressed to decide who had the greatest influence — positive or negative — on the sports business this year, it came down to an individual outside of sports who had the business on its back foot since he arrived on the political scene in 2015.
"For his angry, loud and visceral rhetoric that has divided the sports industry and caused massive reaction, response and reflection, President Donald Trump is Sports Business Journal/Daily's Most Influential Person in Sports Business."
Madkour then notes the many times Trump made an impact on the sports industry this year: his vocal criticism of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem in protest; his feud with major sports organizations such as ESPN and the Golden State Warriors; his divisive nature that has caused many athletes to refuse an invitation to the White House.
"Nothing drove more attention to — and response from — the sports industry than Trump," he wrote.
"The amount of media attention was overwhelming. Editors at SportsBusiness Journal and Daily can attest that no single individual had a constant thread throughout the sports business in 2017 like he did, resulting in massive coverage, press inches and points of view."
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