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Did Time magazine punk UFC's Dana White?


Steve Cofield at Cagewriter has a bone to pick with Time. It seems that the magazine committed the unspeakable crime of leaving the UFC's Dana White off its annual list of the "World's Most Influential People." The sports notables that got on the list? Serena Williams, Phil Mickelson, and soccer player Didier Drogba.
Of course those three got on the list as part of its "Heroes" section, and that's as much for their off-the-field activities as much as their athletic accomplishments. People like Jet Li and Ben Stiller are in that section too, for the same reasons. (Stiller set up a foundation to provide schools in Haiti. Jet Li's foundation provides for disaster relief in China)
A case could be made for White being on the list. He has transformed MMA, which was once considered by many to be "human cockfighting" or an "outlaw sport" into at least the quasi-mainstream of America. But is truly one of the "influential" people in the world?
Time's list is usually divided into "Leaders," "Heroes," "Artists," and "Thinkers." With twenty-five people listed in each category. White is above everything else a businessman, so he would probably fit more in the the first or last categories. Quite honestly, there are at least twenty-five people in the world more "influential" people in both categories as White. And when it comes to the sports world, someone like Roger Goodell ought to make the list before White does.
The Time list is pretty much subjective list anyway. Maybe next year White will get a nod, as the list usually has a massive turnaround year after year (unless you're Oprah, who seems to have a sticky on the list).

(via Cagewriter, Time)


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Steve Cofield at Cagewriter has a bone to pick with Time. It seems that the magazine committed the unspeakable crime of leaving the UFC's Dana White off its annual list of the "World's Most Influential People." The sports notables that got on the list? Serena Williams, Phil Mickelson, and soccer player Didier Drogba.
Of course those three got on the list as part of its "Heroes" section, and that's as much for their off-the-field activities as much as their athletic accomplishments. People like Jet Li and Ben Stiller are in that section too, for the same reasons. (Stiller set up a foundation to provide schools in Haiti. Jet Li's foundation provides for disaster relief in China)
A case could be made for White being on the list. He has transformed MMA, which was once considered by many to be "human cockfighting" or an "outlaw sport" into at least the quasi-mainstream of America. But is truly one of the "influential" people in the world?
Time's list is usually divided into "Leaders," "Heroes," "Artists," and "Thinkers." With twenty-five people listed in each category. White is above everything else a businessman, so he would probably fit more in the the first or last categories. Quite honestly, there are at least twenty-five people in the world more "influential" people in both categories as White. And when it comes to the sports world, someone like Roger Goodell ought to make the list before White does.
The Time list is pretty much subjective list anyway. Maybe next year White will get a nod, as the list usually has a massive turnaround year after year (unless you're Oprah, who seems to have a sticky on the list).

(via Cagewriter, Time)



Posted originally: 2010-04-30 15:57:00
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