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The Worst Team Owners of All Time

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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    1953 More
    88
    added by: SportsYeah
    Los Angeles Dodgers
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    Up 47
    Down 16
    1933 More
    88
    added by: SportsYeah
    Los Angeles Clippers
  3. 3
    Up 55
    Down 17

    Art Modell

    88
    added by: SportsYeah
    Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens
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    Up 51
    Down 21

    Marge Schott

    86
    added by: SportsYeah
    Cincinnati Reds
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    Up 32
    Down 12
    1931 More
    81
    added by: SportsYeah
    Arizona Cardinals
  6. 6
    Up 36
    Down 13
    78
    added by: SportsYeah
    Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies and Toronto FC
  7. 7
    Up 28
    Down 10
    1936 More
    75
    added by: SportsYeah
    New York Mets
  8. 8
    Up 42
    Down 12
    1965 More
    73
    Washington Redskins
  9. 9
    Up 33
    Down 15
    1929 More
    72
    added by: SportsYeah
    Baltimore Orioles
  10. 10
    Up 18
    Down 7
    71
    added by: SportsYeah
    Kansas City Royals
  11. 11
    Up 20
    Down 9

    Arnold Johnson

    70
    added by: SportsYeah
    Kansas City Athletics
  12. 12
    Up 23
    Down 9
    68
    added by: SportsYeah
    Chicago Cubs
  13. 13
    Up 22
    Down 15

    Charles Comisky

    67
    added by: SportsYeah
    Chicago White Sox
  14. 14
    Up 27
    Down 11
    67
    added by: SportsYeah
    Sacramento Kings
  15. 15
    Up 30
    Down 8
    1940 More
    65
    added by: SportsYeah
    Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins
  16. 16
    Up 35
    Down 14
    1963 More
    65
    added by: SportsYeah
    Charlotte Bobcats
  17. 17
    Up 20
    Down 8

    Bill Wirtz

    64
    added by: SportsYeah
    Chicago Blackhawks
  18. 18
    Up 24
    Down 23
    1929 More
    64
    added by: SportsYeah
    Oakland Raiders
  19. 19
    Up 21
    Down 10

    Harry Frazee

    62
    added by: SportsYeah
    Boston Red Sox
  20. 20
    Up 14
    Down 12
    1903 More
    62
    added by: SportsYeah
    Toronto Maple Leafs
  21. 21
    Up 19
    Down 10
    1935 More
    62
    added by: SportsYeah
    Cincinnati Bengals
  22. 22
    Up 8
    Down 16
    1944 More
    53
    added by: SportsYeah
    New York Islanders
  23. 23
    Up 12
    Down 5
    1935 More
    49
    added by: SportsYeah
    Oakland Athletics
  24. 24
    Up 8
    Down 16
    1925 More
    46
    added by: SportsYeah
    Washington Nationals
  25. 25
    Up 6
    Down 19

    Phil Wrigley

    42
    added by: SportsYeah
    Chicago Cubs
  26. 26
    Up 2
    Down 0
    1942 More
    30
    added by: BenjaminFarias
  27. 27
    Up 11
    Down 8

    Hal and Hank Steinbrenner

    29
    added by: gamedemon24
    New York Yankees
  28. 28
    Up 7
    Down 5
    1947 More
    29
    added by: thebapper
    St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Arsenal
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    1961 More
    25
    added by: EricStein
    Phoenix Suns
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    1940 More
    25
    added by: BostonBruins
    Boston Bruins
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