Forbes cites ESPN’s Rob King among most influential minorities in sports

ESPN Senior Vice President, SportsCenter and News, Rob King, has been named one of the 25 most influential minorities in sports by Forbes Magazine, coming in No. 20 on a list that was released this week.

Retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan was in the list’s top spot, followed by another NBA legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Third was DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

“This is a fantastic and well-deserved honor for Rob,” said ESPN Executive Vice President, Production and Programming, John Wildhack. “We’re proud to have him leading the way with SportsCenter and news and very happy that he is such an important part of the ESPN team.”

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams and His & Hers co-host Jemele Hill were among the eight-member voting panel for the list.

“Honestly, I keep waiting for Steve Harvey to step in at any minute and set the record straight,” said King, who has been with ESPN since 2004 and was named to his current position in January 2014.

“In the end, this incredible honor isn’t about me. It’s recognition of ESPN’s extraordinary commitment to diversity, inclusion and empowerment, and it reinforces the critical role SportsCenter and our people play in entertaining and informing fans and growing our business.”

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