In yet another sign that this show has entered mainstream pop culture, this week Sports Illustrated is launching their inaugural Power 50 issue and the cover features NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sitting on the Iron Throne. The feature article includes numerous references to the show and an amazing illustrated map of a sports-themed Westeros. There is also an exclusive podcast with George R. R. Martin on SI.com.
Adam Duerson, SI Senior Editor and project editor for this package, talks about why they chose Game of Thrones as a tie-in for this issue.
Steve Rushin’s piece which opens the power package does a great job of defining what we meant by power. It’s why we use the “Game of Thrones” analogy because the show is all about different interpretations of power. Ten different people can think they have power at the same time. Power is in the eye of the beholder. All of the people on this list can change the sports landscape with a single decision. Money, titles, properties, etc. all weigh into it.
The issue is available on newsstands now or check out SI.com.
Winter Is Coming: As a sports fan, this issue is doubly awesome. I especially love that map. Also, you gotta love the timing of this issue, coming out a few weeks before the season 3 premiere. Would it shock you to find out that HBO and Sports Illustrated are owned by the same company? Corporate Syngergy.