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MMQB lists Jed York No. 30 most influential person in NFL

The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of questions heading into a season in which their stadium will host the Super Bowl. It is no surprise then that CEO Jed York ranks highly on a list of influential NFL figures.

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The folks at MMQB have been compiling a list of the most influential figures connected to the NFL, and while it is completely arbitrary, it does at least provide some interesting discussion fodder. A week ago, we talked about their inclusion of Colin Kaepernick at No. 72, and today we are back to look at their inclusion at No. 30: San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.

Peter King made an interesting point in discussing York. He said the owner of the Super Bowl host team "is always a big newsmaker in that season, and the size of this year’s game makes that even more evident." It is Super Bowl 50, so it is kind of a big deal. We will hear plenty about York both during the season, and during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, no matter how the 49ers perform.

Whether the 49ers are good or bad in 2015, it will reflect on Jed York. This is Trent Baalke's team from a building perspective, but Jed York is likely to be the one who gets a lot of credit or a lot of blame this year. The team did great things under Jim Harbaugh, and while Trent Baalke was a key part of that, Harbaugh deserves a lot of credit as well.

And no matter how the 49ers perform this season, their stadium and region will be in the news throughout later January and early February leading up to the Super Bowl. That means plenty of media opportunities for Jed York. The coaching change makes it plenty interesting, but the issues at Levi's Stadium will be something to track as well. I imagine it will be in good shape for the Super Bowl, but the first year saw some high profile problems with the grass, parking and the sun beating down on the fans.

The 49ers preseason home schedule includes Dallas on August 23, and then San Diego on September 3. Their first big quick turnaround will be Week 6 and 7 when they host Baltimore on October 18, and then host Seattle four days later. We'll see how the grass holds up. As for the sun, they no games in August or September that are not late in the afternoon (pacific time). Their two preseason home games are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., and their regular season opener is Monday Night Football, kicking off at 7:20 p.m.