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Top 20 Most Powerful Families In Sports

Nothing gives a fan more satisfaction than seeing a son create his own story in the image of the father or likewise the daughter with the mother. Sports history is littered with family lineage passing down through the generations, providing a perfect synergy that supporters can identify with in their personal experience.

As the industry becomes a cynical corporate machine built on marketing towards a greater profit share, it’s comforting to know that the baton will be passed to the next of kin for them to take the game to the next level.

But families can have a complicated and often divisive relationship with sports. Take ownership for example. The Berlusconi and Pozzo clans entrenched themselves in European soccer circles to create a never ending cycle of wealth and prestige. At some point in time these monarchs of football stop being heroic figures tied to the their clubs and start becoming powerful organizations driven by their own agenda.

While the growing wage cap continues to separate workers and CEOs, the same can be seen between owners and supporters. You can be assured more families will invest in sports ownership because it enables the rich to stay powerful. What started as a vanity project for one investor can end up being a sweet little portfolio for the children, not a bad gig if you can get it.

If England has the Royal Family and the US has the Kennedys, then sports has their own dynasty’s to love, scorn and watch all at the same time. Our relationship with these people changes with every result and like many other households, the dynamic is never the same with every member.

We love our sports families, but some are more exceptional than others. Here is the Top 20 Most Powerful Families In Sports Today.

18 The Matthews

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17 The Howes

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16 The Pettys

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15 The Nevilles

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14 The Ripkens

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13 The Sutters

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12 The Fords

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11 The Bensons

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10 The Browns

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9 The Jordans

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8 The Williams

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7 The Berlusconis

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6 The Klitschkos

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5 The Mannings

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4 The Andrettis

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3 The Glazers

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2 The Mayweathers

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1 The McMahons

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Sportster readers don’t require any introduction to the royal family of the WWE. Taking our mantle as the number 1 most powerful family in sports today, Vince Sr., Stephanie, Shane, Linda and Vicky are more of an institution than anything else. Vince’s father Roderick was pivotal in the establishment of the Capitol Wrestling Corp way back in 1953 until son Vincent took the mantle. Grandson Vince Sr. is now the face of the business and operation but it spans down the family tree and beyond any limitations the sport of wrestling is pertained to. Without the McMahon’s who knows where wrestling would be today.

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