December 17, 2012 9:39 PM | By MSN Sports
10 most influential figures in sport in 2012

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman takes top spot in CBC Sports vote



NHL commissioner Gary Bettman takes top spot in CBC Sports vote (© Getty Images/CBCSports.ca)
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  • 1. Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League (© LUCAS JACKSON/Newscom/RTR)
  • 2. Donald Fehr, head of the NHL Players’ Association (© ERIC THAYER/Newscom/RTR)
  • 3. Alex Anthopolous, General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays (© Nathan Denette/CP)
  • 4. Christine Sinclair, Captain, Canadian women’s soccer team (© DAVID MOIR/Newscom/RTR)
  • 5. Sidney Crosby, member, NHL Players' Association (© Getty Images)
  • 6. Marcel Aubut, president, Canadian Olympic Committee (© MATHIEU BELANGER/Newscom/RTR)
  • 7. Mark Cohon, Commissioner, Canadian Football League (© FRED THORNHILL/Newscom/RTR)
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For the fourth year, a panel of CBC Sports executives, producers, writers and broadcasters has come up with a list of the people they consider the most influential on the national sports scene over the past 12 months.

A lack of NHL hockey has eliminated half the 2011 group, as they’ve been replaced by a new, spirited team of athletes, leaders and decision makers. Though, like an old penny, there are some you just can’t get rid of. The guy at the top, for example.

With the help of famous-quotes.com, let’s take a look at the 2012 Most Influential People in Sports.

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