Sports The Worst Team Owners of All Time  

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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Donald Sterling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 85 - Los Angeles Clippers

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Daniel Snyder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
age 53 - Washington Redskins

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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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53 20
Fred Wilpon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 82 - New York Mets

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60 30
Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 65 - Los Angeles Dodgers

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50 18
Jeffrey Loria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 78 - Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins

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47 24
Bill Bidwill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 87 - Arizona Cardinals

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46 23
Peter Angelos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 89 - Baltimore Orioles

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52 29
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 55 - Charlotte Bobcats

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Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainm... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies and Toronto FC

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James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added age 62 - New York Knicks

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36 20
Maloof family is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Sacramento Kings

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Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
thebapper added age 71 - St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Arsenal

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Harry Frazee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Harry Frazee Boston Red Sox

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29 15
Bill Wirtz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Bill Wirtz Chicago Blackhawks

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 83 - Cincinnati Bengals

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29 17
Tribune Media is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Chicago Cubs

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David D. Glass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 83 - Kansas City Royals

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Harold Ballard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Died at 87 (1903-1990) - Toronto Maple Leafs

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Arnold Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Arnold Johnson Kansas City Athletics

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Charles Comisky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Charles Comisky Chicago White Sox

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24 16
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
BenjaminFarias added age 76

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36 35
Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Died at 82 (1929-2011) - Oakland Raiders

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Charles Wang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 74 - New York Islanders

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12 4
Robert Irsay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Died at 74 (1923-1997) - Baltimore Colts

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Lewis Wolff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 83 - Oakland Athletics

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24 15
Hal and Hank Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
gamedemon24 added Hal and Hank Steinbrenner New York Yankees

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9 5
Jerry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added age 82 - Carolina Panthers

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6 4
Walter O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Walter O'Malley Brooklyn Dodgers

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4 1
Dean Spanos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
blackandsilver1904 added Dean Spanos

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5 5
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added age 82 - Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox

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5 3
Robert Nutting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Dlamm added Robert Nutting age 56 - Pittsburgh Pirates

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10 10
Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
EricStein added age 57 - Phoenix Suns

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8 10
George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
muzziac added Died at 80 (1930-2010) - New York Yankees

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11 21
Ted Lerner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added age 93 - Washington Nationals

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Jeremy Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
BostonBruins added age 78 - Boston Bruins

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10 24
Phil Wrigley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
Blake Edwards added Phil Wrigley Chicago Cubs

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4 11
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Team Owners of All Time
AC_rockets56 added age 60