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The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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List Criteria: 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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    Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Art Modell Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens

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    age 81 Los Angeles Clippers

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    age 51 Washington Redskins

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    Marge Schott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Marge Schott Cincinnati Reds

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    age 62 Los Angeles Dodgers

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    age 84 Arizona Cardinals

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    age 75 Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins

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    age 52 Charlotte Bobcats

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    age 79 New York Mets

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    age 86 Baltimore Orioles

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    Sacramento Kings

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    Harry Frazee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Harry Frazee Boston Red Sox

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    age 80 Kansas City Royals

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    Chicago Cubs

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    Bill Wirtz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Bill Wirtz Chicago Blackhawks

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    age 80 Cincinnati Bengals

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    Arnold Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Arnold Johnson Kansas City Athletics

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    Charles Comisky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Charles Comisky Chicago White Sox

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    Died at 87 (1903-1990) Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Died at 82 (1929-2011) Oakland Raiders

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    age 68 St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Arsenal

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    age 80 Oakland Athletics

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

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    Hal and Hank Steinbrenner New York Yankees

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    age 60 New York Knicks

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    age 71 New York Islanders

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    Walter O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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    Walter O'Malley Brooklyn Dodgers

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    age 79 Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox

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    age 79 Carolina Panthers

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    Died at 80 (1930-2010) New York Yankees

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    age 90 Washington Nationals

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    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

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    Phil Wrigley Chicago Cubs

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