Tuesday, May 12, 2009

SI.com Releases List of Best & Worst Owners; Let the Debate Begin

Today, SI.com announced the results of its study "to identify the five best and five worst owners in each of the four major team sports."

The criteria used to evaluate owners included:
  • Team's success or failure on the field.
  • Willingness to spend money to improve the team.
  • Stability and capabilities of the front office and management.
  • Amenities at the team's venue.
  • Club's culture and interactivity with fans.
Drum roll, please...


Five Best Owners

1 Rooney Family Pittsburgh Steelers

2 Robert Kraft New England Patriots

3 Mara & Tisch Families New York Giants

4 Jeffrey Lurie Philadelphia Eagles

5 Steve Bisciotti Baltimore Ravens

Five Worst Owners

1 Al Davis Oakland Raiders

2 William Clay Ford Detroit Lions

3 Dan Snyder Washington Redskins

4 Mike Brown Cincinnati Bengals

5 Denise DeBartolo York San Francisco 49ers


Five Best Owners

1 Henry/Werner/Lucchino Boston Red Sox

2 Arturo Moreno Los Angeles Angels

3 William DeWitt St. Louis Cardinals

4 Steinbrenner Family New York Yankees

5 Stuart Sternberg Tampa Bay Rays

Five Worst Owners

1 Peter Angelos Baltimore Orioles

2 Tom Hicks Texas Rangers

3 David Glass Kansas City Royals

4 Jeffrey Loria Florida Marlins

5 Ted Lerner Washington Nationals


Five Best Owners

1 Jerry Buss Los Angeles Lakers

2 Peter Holt San Antonio Spurs

3 Mark Cuban Dallas Mavericks

4 Les Alexander Houston Rockets

5 Dan Gilbert Cleveland Cavaliers

Five Worst Owners

1 Donald T. Sterling Los Angeles Clippers

2 Cablevision/James Dolan New York Knicks

3 Michael Heisley Memphis Grizzlies

4 Chris Cohan Golden State Warriors

5 R. Johnson/M. Jordan Charlotte Bobcats


Five Best Owners

1 Mike Ilitch Detroit Red Wings

2 Jeffrey Vanderbeek New Jersey Devils

3 Mario Lemieux/Ron Burkle Pittsburgh Penguins

4 San Jose Sports and Entertainment San Jose Sharks

5 Peter Karmanos Carolina Hurricanes

Five Worst Owners

1 MLSE Toronto Maple Leafs

2 Alan Cohen Florida Panthers

3 Charles Wang New York Islanders

4 Atlanta Spirit Atlanta Thrashers

5 Predator Holdings LLC Nashville Predators

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1 comment:

Sean Hogan said...

I'd argue that Ted Leonsis should be in the top 5 of NHL owners. Might just be because Lerner and Snyder are so bad that he just looks really good in comparison, though.