3. PETER BEATTIE ARL commissioner
Twelve months ago the former Queensland Premier would not have been in the top 500 influences, but this time next year Beattie could be No. 1 on the list. He joined the ARL Commission in July and is widely tipped to replace John Grant as chairman in February. He has a rich history in league, having played as a junior, and had a key role in the development of Suncorp and Gold Coast Cbus stadiums. He will split his role in the initial months as chairman of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.