And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!!
1. Bill Neukom, managing general partner and CEO, San Francisco Giants: Has taken the franchise to another level on the baseball and business fronts. Last year's ranking: 4.
2. Jed York, president and owner, San Francisco 49ers: Despite awful season, he accomplished his most important off-field mission: Santa Clara stadium ballot issue passed. He also is likely to be picking a new coach soon. Last year: 1.
3. Ted Griggs, vice president and general manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: Continues to assemble and expand the go-to spot for live Bay Area sports telecasts. Last year: 2.
4. Al Davis, owner, Oakland Raiders: Negotiated a stadium lease extension with the Coliseum through 2013 and made some football moves that might actually get the team back to the playoffs before then. Last year: 3.