Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution was named the third most influential person in U.S. sports behind NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and president of ESPN, John Skipper on the SportsBusiness Daily’s top 50 list. Kraft was the only team owner to make the list, which means he is the most influential owner in the country.
The Patriots are ranked as the eighth most valuable sports franchise by Forbes, which is quite an achievement, because when Kraft bought the team in 1994, they were on their last legs. The soccer team Revolution has potential, although it lost to L.A. Galaxy in the MLS Cup final recently. Word has it that Kraft plans to move them to a stadium designed specifically for soccer in Boston.
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Robert Kraft’s father was a dressmaker in Boston’s Chinatown, and came from an observant Jewish family.