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Worst Owner in Sports History?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 3OctaveFart, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. 3OctaveFart

    3OctaveFart Guest

    I am going to say Victor Kiam, in New England.
    He ran a carnival on and off the field.
    Would like to hear thoughts from the gallery.
     
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Andrew Freedman, All-Time Division.

    Ted Stepien, in relatively recent decades.
     
  3. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Starman beat me to Stepien.

    Donald Sterling and Bill Wirtz are up there.
     
  4. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Caligula.
     
  5. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    There may've been worse over short periods of time (Stepien, John Y. Brown), but Donald Sterling has to be the worst to stay in the game for three decades. Most epically incompetent owners at least have the good sense to get out after a few years, Sterling never goes away.
     
  6. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    I'd like to say Frank McCourt, but the Dodgers had relative success on the field under his stewardship and he made a buttload of money.

    He is, however, a sleazy robber barron.
     
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Here's a vote for Donald Sterling.
     
  8. Cyrus

    Cyrus Member

    Tom Monaghan (Sup Starman?)
    William Clay Ford
    Ted Leonsis (skyrocketing up the rankings at a fever pitch)
    Donald Sterling
    Kevin McClatchy
    David Galss
    Jeremy Jacobs (pre 2011)
     
  9. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    Which is one of the more galling things about this topic--no matter how horrifyingly incompetent these guys are, they always seem to come out way ahead when they sell.
     
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Fred Wilpon deserves mention but with one vote mine goes to
    Jim Dolan.
     
  11. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Probably not the worst but definitely on that end of the spectrum:

    Bill Bidwill in St. Louis. He was famous for changing the locks to the locker room whenever he would fire another hapless Cardinals coach.
     
  12. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Stepien. When you have a rule named after you to stop teams from committing franchise suicide, you're bad.
     
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