Champions of Change: 24 Women Who Are Transforming the Sports World

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As we close out 2023, it’s hard not to look back at the unprecedented year that women’s sports—and the women in sports—have had. From Sam Rapoport’s relentless focus on DEI in the NFL to the evolution of the NWSL’s marketing and commercial models under Julie Haddon, we couldn’t be prouder to honor Adweek’s inaugural Champions of Change, the evolution of the long-running Most Powerful Women in Sports franchise. The group includes our cover star Angel Reese, who helped lead LSU to its first NCAA women’s basketball championship—and who has a Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) value of $1.7



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This story first appeared in the Nov. 14, 2023, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.