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Ovechkin ranked 37th most powerful athlete

(By Jim McIsaac - Getty)

Bloomberg BusinessWeek just published a list of the 100 most powerful athletes in America, with on-field measures (success, popularity) and off-field measures (awareness, trustworthiness, appeal, endorsement and influence).

It's not a list filled with D.C. names--I could find just two one--but Alex Ovechkin fared pretty well, coming in at 37th, all sports, all nationalities, all genders. He comes in one spot after Dwight Howard, one spot in front of Andre Johnson, and is the highest ranked hockey player. The list includes athletes from all countries, but they're ranked on their American power.

"The two-time league MVP's YouTube highlights helped him surpass Sidney Crosby as the player most likely to return hockey to the mainstream," the publication wrote. "Now he just needs to work on his English."

(Sidney Crosby is 39th, with Business Week writing that "Though Alex Ovechkin gets the SportsCenter shoutouts, Crosby is the proven winner with two Stanley Cup final appearances to his name.")

The Top 5 are Tiger, LeBron, Phil Mickelson, Albert Pujols and Peyton Manning. The other D.C. representative is No. 31 Kevin Durant, though that might be a bit of a stretch.)

(No, I'm not counting No. 16 Serena Williams as a D.C. athlete. Sorry, Kastles. Still love you.)

(Yes, Baltimore wipes the floor with D.C., placing Michael Phelps, Ray Lewis and Carmelo Anthony on the list.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
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If Carmelo Anthony counts for Baltimore shouldn't Kevin Durant count for DC?

Posted by: ChampKind | January 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@ChampKind Yeah. You're right.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | January 27, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Unless I missed something on the list, Ovechkin is 38, not 37. Innocent mistake, but...

Posted by: colerwilson | January 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

And apparently I did miss something. 38th slide - 37th best athlete. My apologies for questioning the great Stein...

Posted by: colerwilson | January 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Tiger ... trustworthiness. Truly.

Posted by: renostaging2005 | January 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I realize Andre Johnson is one of the top receivers in the NFL, but he's powerful enough to be one spot below Ovi and one spot above Crosby? I wouldn't know what the guy looked like if he walked up to me on the street. Then again, both Tom Brady and Derek Jeter are in the 30s on this list, which makes absolutely no sense at all. You're telling me those two are not more powerful than Dwayne Wade or Larry Fitzgerald, who are both in the top 15? Please.

Posted by: TheFingerman | January 27, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Does the person who put that list together actually know anything about sports? For example, how can there be a list of "most powerful athletes" that fails to include a single soccer player? The list includes NASCAR drivers but none from F-1. If they ae going from a pure marketing/business potential, how are NASCAR drivers that low on the list? What about having Pujols in front of Manning? Where is Jeter? Serena? I love Ovie but, seriously, in front of Crosby (from a marketing business perspective)? Some intern put this list together after sitting in a bar trying to pick up a date. That's the only explanation for the complete illogic.

Posted by: Matt23185 | January 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of one Prairie Home Companion show that Garrison Keillor opens up by saying "St.Paul was listed as the number 3 city on the list of the most desirable cities to live in by City Life magazine. But City Life magazine was listed as number 5 of all the magazines that list the desirable cities to live in so, you do the math. I don't know that this all means".
This list is the same, what does it all mean. Nothing, really.

Posted by: chopin224 | January 27, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Another stupid useless list aimed a morons in order to expand their business magazine audience.
Does anybody really care?

Posted by: hock1 | January 27, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Phil Mickelson?

Posted by: jhorstma | January 28, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Phil Mickelson? Really?

Posted by: JakeShapiro | January 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

His English is very good. How well do the authors of that piece speak a second language?

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | January 28, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The countdown also lists Ovie as playing in the NBA...I know he's talented, but come on.

Posted by: alabonte | January 28, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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