Hal — not Hank — on SBJ’s most influential list


The sports industry’s trade publication Sports Business Journal has unveiled their list of the top 50 most influential people in sports business. As is only appropriate, a Steinbrenner occupies a prime spot on that list, but it’s not the one people might expect.

Hal, the younger of the Steinbrenner children and the team’s current head, earned himself the 28th spot on the list. SBJ writes rather glowingly of Hal, who is making his debut on this list:

Several years of gradual but historic change within the Yankees camp were codified last month when Hal Steinbrenner received official designation as the team’s controlling executive, trumping his older and louder brother, Hank, who will remain overall head of baseball operations.

Much more calm and measured when compared with Hank or their father, George, but still a firm negotiator, Hal provides a rather different face to the Yankees as they prepare to move into their new stadium in the spring. That ballpark, a $1.3 billion edifice packed with revenue-generating opportunities, gives Hal ample room to put his own stamp on the franchise.

We have covered this territory as well, but it’s clear that people inside the industry regard Hal as the real executive holding the reins of power inside the Yankee organization now. Hank may garner the back pages, but all he seems good for right now is a quote. He can talk and talk and talk, but when push comes to shove, the ultimate decision will be Hal’s. That should be very good for the Yanks indeed.

Categories : Front Office


  1. TheLastClown says:

    Theres that old axiom: “Those who don’t know, speak. Those who don’t speak, know.”

  2. jsbrendog says:

    tread lightly and carry a big stick

  3. Jay CT says:

    George Bodenheimer is a neighbor of mine. Nice to see him getting his due respect!

  4. D.B.H.O.F. the word conservationist says:

    From what I know both Hank and Hal have a equal ownership piece of the team. Hal has more to do with the financial goings on, as Hank does on the baseball side.

    Hank does seem to be full of hot air, but just because of that does not make him more or less powerful.

    Last year around this time it was in vogue to talk about how Hank was the head dude in charge. Fast forward to this year and now it is Hal. I would be willing to bet it is somewhere in the middle of that.

    I know Hal comes across as the smarter guy because he does lay low and keep his yap closed, but i do not know or feel that we are going to be run well because of that. I will take a wait and see feeling going forward, not a YIPPEE HAL IS GREAT one.

    Thats just my take.

  5. Jake D. says:

    George = Vito
    Hank = Sonny
    Hal = Michael


  6. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Kei Igawa = Vincent (The bastard child)

  7. dan says:

    Well this thread got way off track. lol

  8. dan says:

    Carl Pavano = Michael’s wife in Italy when she’s learning to drive.

  9. A.D. says:

    Chase Cary has an awesome stache

  10. A.D. says:

    Gotta say i disagree that random VPs in MLB should be considered some of the most influential people in sports.

    And seriously how is Boras 42
    Fehr is only 41?
    No Drew Rosenhaus?? Really

  11. D.B.H.O.F. the word conservationist says:

    Man i was reading this and thinking Randy Levine = Fredo Corleone, but I got beat to it.

    I still believe that Hank has a lot of power, it is just if he knows how to use it or not. If he feels like selling his portion of the team at some point without Hal being involved that could lead to a major shift in the way the team does BI. Or just the threat of selling it could be harnessed for his own interests.

  12. Brooklyn Ed says:

    CC and Aj took physicals:

    The Post learned Burnett underwent a physical Monday and Sabathia was at Manhattan’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital today for tests.

    The Yankees have scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Thursday at the old Yankee Stadium. Though there is a chance they will introduce both free agent hurlers, a source said this afternoon that wasn’t finalized.


    Can’t wait . :D

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