Top 5 Non-Athlete Women in Sports

These women have broken the glass ceiling and become some of the most influential most influential people in the sports industry.

1. Condoleezza Rice

Photo via Wikimedia Commons (2004)

While many know her as the former Secretary of State, Rice is a self-taught football fanatic. She served on the inaugural College Football Playoff selection committee from 2013 to 2016. She has dreams of one day becoming the NFL Commissioner.

2. Jeanie Buss

Photo via Los Angeles Times (2017)

Currently the controlling owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers, Buss has been in the family business of sports since she was 19 years old. She has been the general manager for professional tennis and roller blading teams. She does not oversee basketball operations, but she represents the team to the NBA Board of Governors.

3. Pat Summitt

Photo via USA Today (2016)

Summit served as the coach of the women’s college basketball team at the University of Tennessee for 38 years. She is the winningest coach in all of college basketball, men’s or women’s. She also coached the USA Women’s Basketball Olympic team to a gold medal in 1984. She is widely considered the greatest women’s basketball coach of all time.

4. Kim Ng

Photo via The Chicago Tribune (2016)

Currently the highest ranked woman in Major League Baseball, Ng is the Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations for the MLB. Throughout her career, she has worked for several different teams, including assistant general manager positions with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. She has been interviewed several times for general manager positions and has yet to be offered the job, but at just 51 years old, her time will most certainly come.

5. Stacey Allaster

Photo via Long Island Tennis Magazine (2016)

Now retired, Allaster served has President, CEO, and Chairman of the Women’s Tennis Association in its infancy. She was with the organization from the start in 2006 until she retired in 2015. She helped grow the WTA from the ground up, and today it is arguably the most respected professional women’s sports league.

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