EA CEO named to sports power list

John Riccitiello beats out Michael Jordan, Barack Obama in Sports Illustrated top 50 power poll.

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Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has been named to Sports Illustrated's "50 Most Powerful People in Sports" list. The executive earned his place on the list by leading development on sports franchises like FIFA Soccer and Madden NFL.

"His products have shaped Generation Y's perception of sports as much as anyone's," Sports Illustrated wrote, before cautioning that difficult times may be ahead. "But is exhaustion setting in after 25 years of incrementally improved Madden games?"

Riccitiello was named the 39th most powerful person in sports, beating out the likes of United States president Barack Obama (44), UFC president Dana White (45), Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (48), and Bobcats owner and former NBA star Michael Jordan (50).

The most powerful person in sports, according to Sports Illustrated, is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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123 comments
cellblock1138
cellblock1138

Their is a micro transaction to read this article...  every time you read EA owe EA 10 cents...


You are now up to 20 Cents for reading EA...

MT 10 Cents for using the name again.


To leave this page their is a Micro Transaction...  to replay it will be a fee of 50 Cents because gamers are embracing our greedy ways...

ioshilee
ioshilee

OMG what a repulsing maniac face... Looks like Palpatin 

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

So funny to read the comments for this article.  So glad I'm not the only one that finds this "person" repugnant, abhorrent and odious.

Nymphonomicon
Nymphonomicon

I'm sure Johnny's e-peen is bursting through his "I Ruin Good Games" boxer shorts over this announcement, but I don't care how powerful he is.

EPaul
EPaul

this list is horrible where is fifa president sepp blatter

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I can see why he was added... But I don't want EA to have an even larger stick up their a**... So this news annoys me

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

What the..... has Baraka Obama got to do with sport and why the heck is he higher than MJ?

f3kuinth3a55gs
f3kuinth3a55gs

Dont know how that comment got onto this page... but i want to smack this prick in the face, for a month I have been contacting EA to merge my old EA account with my origin account, my old EA account is linked to a non existant, old email address, I gave them all my info, cd keys, screens of my steam recipts and more and they emailed me asking for my phone number because they have changed the way they handle account info/changing passwords/merging accounts etc.... THAT WAS 3 F#^$&NG WEEKS AGO!! Sent an email last night telling them basicly that they are inept @$$holes and I no longer give a f#%k if they fix my account (that I have 14 games on and have wasted hundreds of dollars on) called them every name under the sun. I don't expect they will ever respond, but god it felt good.

Needless to say, I am never, ever paying for an EA game again

tightwad34
tightwad34

I'm sorry, I don't know this guy but my god he looks like an evil bastard. Obviosly doesn't help to run one of the most notoriously greedy and evil companies around. I wonder how he would stack up as a politician.

keyb0red
keyb0red

Oh, OK I thought he was the new Pope :)

ShockG707
ShockG707

What a smug evil looking bastard this guy is. 

deth420
deth420

he looks like hes gonna sweet talk my wallet out of my pocket.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

This is the moron who thinks piracy is his biggest problem... Corporate tool. That's the least of your problems bro.

moncealyo
moncealyo

Bagging on ea is more fun than playing their games and it's free.  Thanks for sucking so bad ea.

myungish
myungish

Wasn't the devil meant to trick the world into believing it doesn't exist?

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Evil Mr. Rogers stares into your soul.

Pyerun
Pyerun

How many free games did EA give to the SI writers to get him on that list?

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

If you mess with my EA UFC game, I will personally eat your children and make you watch

fartsue
fartsue

I only came here to see the comments, hahaha!

Fursnake
Fursnake

I think he needs his own swag statue made. 16 inches tall, made of fancily-named plastic, spray painted and roughly hewn by an underpaid sculptor. Features the same soulless face and dead eyes and 2 interchangeable arms, one arm holds a pile of shit palm up while the other arm holds a bag of money covered in dollar signs. Ehhh $500 sound good for it?

grbolivar
grbolivar

EA will fall by its own weight, the SimCity disaster it´s just a little glimpse of how much they care for the gamers, they just want our money without giving a sh*t about the products they deliver.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Didn't sports used to involve athleticism? It's not a good thing that an entire generation's perception of sports comes from video games... unless games inspire them to get off their asses and actively participate.

blackace
blackace

I don't even understand why Barrack Obama would even be on the list at all. John Riccitiello is a smug and screwed buisness man. He's one of the key players in monopolizing the NFL video games by licensing the NFL to EA's Madden exclusively. Sure Madden is on the list because it has NO COMPETITION. No one else can make an NFL football game. The only reason EA did this was because NFK2K5 was cheaper and better then Madden. EA doesn't like competition, especially ones they can't beat. Why do you think they pulled NBA Live for the past 3 years. They can't compete with NBA 2K series. I'm dying to see what EA has been working on with NBA Live for the past 2.5 years.

Fursnake
Fursnake

His smile says "I will suck the money out of you" while his eyes say "I will suck the soul and fun out of gaming".

soulless4now
soulless4now

Something about his face screams "creeper."

ScottlinDLR
ScottlinDLR

Soooo why aren't the real people getting this prestigious award that are working their asses off making the games that this guy is over ruling? That's all I have to say.

hXcShock
hXcShock

It's sad that all I have to do is look at this arrogant pricks face to be filled with rage.

onixevil
onixevil

Fetish faces have no emotions .

MikeManiac61
MikeManiac61

I just wanna punch that man straight in the face

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Oh and I forgot to mention the guy LOOKS evil...

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

@quantumtheo Sooner, lots of games will have microtransactions. Not because publishers wanted, but because people can't control themselves. If your game don't do it, the other publisher will do it and make more money and survive, while you go bankrupt. Welcome to capitalist.

OldKye
OldKye

@quantumtheo "Also all our employs work for free due to the fact that I have told them I won't eat their baby's if they do."

blackace
blackace

@soulless4now Something about his face screams @ss%#$&!! He's like the Devil in disguise. They just want to use microtransactions to suck more money from gamers then the game is actually worth. They did that with "The Sims" for years.