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Blake Edwards
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List Rules Any horrible owner in any sport ever

The worst team owners of all time are the rich and powerful men and women who were the most hated by fans, the least successful or even the most scandalous of their time. These football, basketball, hockey and baseball team owners are some of the worst ever, so much so that decades after these entrepreneurs have left these teams, fans still talk of the damage that these awful owners did.

Many of these owners were involved with professional sports teams for several years but unfortunately many of these years were some of the worst ever for the teams. In more than 20 years owning the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, Mike Brown's team only reached the playoffs twice. Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats tallied the worst record in the history of the NBA in the shortened 2011-12 season, winning just seven games and putting him up for the worst NBA executive of all time award.

But it's not just having a losing team that makes an owner one of the worst ever. Some owners were notorious about treating people badly or making unpopular decisions. Arnold Johnson, who moved the MLB Athletics franchise from Philadelphia to Kansas City, sold all of his good players out of greed. Marge Schott, owner of the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 to 1999, famously once said "Hitler wasn't so bad." No one will ever forgive Harry Frazee, owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1916 to 1923, for selling Babe Ruth so he could finance more Broadway plays.

If that isn't bad enough, some owners were straight up criminal in their actions. Harold Ballard, involved with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1961 to 1990, was convicted on 47 charges including fraud, theft and tax evasion leading to a three-year stay in prison.

Whether these terrible team owners just didn't have a clue and the franchise suffered because of it or if the owners were more scandalous, each of these team owners did something or another to earn them the distinction of being one of the worst team owners of all time. Have an owner you despise that we missed? Add it and vote for which owners you think are the best below!
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Daniel Snyder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Daniel Snyder age 52 - Washington Redskins

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Donald Sterling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Donald Sterling age 84 - Los Angeles Clippers

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Marge Schott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Marge Schott Cincinnati Reds

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Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Art Modell Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Frank McCourt age 64 - Los Angeles Dodgers

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47 20
Bill Bidwill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Bill Bidwill age 84 - Arizona Cardinals

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Jeffrey Loria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Jeffrey Loria age 75 - Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins

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Fred Wilpon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Fred Wilpon age 79 - New York Mets

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44 20
Peter Angelos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Peter Angelos age 86 - Baltimore Orioles

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Michael Jordan age 54 - Charlotte Bobcats

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James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added James L. Dolan age 61 - New York Knicks

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Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainm... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies and Toronto FC

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Harry Frazee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Harry Frazee Boston Red Sox

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Maloof family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Maloof family Sacramento Kings

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David D. Glass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added David D. Glass age 80 - Kansas City Royals

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Tribune Media is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Tribune Media Chicago Cubs

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25 13
Bill Wirtz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Bill Wirtz Chicago Blackhawks

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24 14
Arnold Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Arnold Johnson Kansas City Athletics

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Mike Brown age 82 - Cincinnati Bengals

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Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
thebapper added Stan Kroenke age 68 - St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Arsenal

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Charles Comisky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Charles Comisky Chicago White Sox

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Harold Ballard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Harold Ballard Died at 87 (1903-1990) - Toronto Maple Leafs

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Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Al Davis Died at 82 (1929-2011) - Oakland Raiders

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Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
BenjaminFarias added Jerry Jones age 75

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Hal and Hank Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
gamedemon24 added Hal and Hank Steinbrenner New York Yankees

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Charles Wang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Charles Wang age 71 - New York Islanders

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14 8
Lewis Wolff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Lewis Wolff age 80 - Oakland Athletics

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9 1
Robert Irsay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Robert Irsay Died at 74 (1923-1997) - Baltimore Colts

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4 1
Walter O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Walter O'Malley Brooklyn Dodgers

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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added George Steinbrenner Died at 80 (1930-2010) - New York Yankees

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Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Jerry Reinsdorf age 79 - Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox

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Jerry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Jerry Richardson age 79 - Carolina Panthers

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Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
EricStein added Robert Sarver age 54 - Phoenix Suns

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Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Mark Cuban age 59

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10 20
Ted Lerner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Ted Lerner age 90 - Washington Nationals

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7 11
Jeremy Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
BostonBruins added Jeremy Jacobs age 75 - Boston Bruins

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Phil Wrigley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Phil Wrigley Chicago Cubs