Some own empires, others orchestrate events.
They often are behind the scenes, but the products of their work is there for all to see.
Whether it's the weekend runner, the annual visit of a PGA golfer, the far flung world of professional women's tennis, or the details of a Rays transaction, they have their fingerprints all over the Tampa Bay sports scene.
From Oldsmar to Palm Harbor to wherever the Rays land, they are shaping our sports future.
They are the most influential women in Tampa Bay sports.
The Tampa Bay Times profiles nine women, some better known than others, but all with key roles in the sports that captivate us.