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Worst Owners in Sports (past and present)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DanOregon, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The Limbaugh thread made me think of some of the ethically-challenged and morally bankrupt people that actually did get their mitts on a franchise. Figure the owners who just run crappy franchises is pretty evident.

    Here's five off the top of my head.

    Bruce McNall - financed buying the LA Kings by smuggling coins.
    Eddie DeBartolo - the guy was a great owner for the team on the field - but just not the most upstanding citizen, according to at least one waitress.
    George Steinbrenner - convicted of illegal contributions to Nixon
    Leonard Tose - Yeah, no problem with an NFL owner piling up $20 million in gambling debts
    Rick Hendrick - Convicted of mail fraud for bribing Honda to give him more cars than other dealers.
  2. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    While I think the Pirates are heading in the right direction, I'd have to put Bob Nutting up there.

    But Kevin McClatchy, even though he helped keep the team in Pittsburgh, is more responsible for the team's string of losing.
  3. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Marge Schott. Complaining about the delay when an umpire dies on Opening Day. Also for being a racist hosebag.

    Tom Werner with the late 80s-early 90s Padres. Total douchebag who wrecked the franchise for years.

    Art Modell ... Self-explanatory.
  4. Sleeper

    Sleeper Member

    Bob Irsay. How do you move the Baltimore Colts?
  5. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    You back up the moving vans in the middle of the night, of course ... :D
  6. DirtyDeeds

    DirtyDeeds Guest

    Hugh Culverhouse. Need I say more?
  7. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    George Preston Marshall .... worst racist owner ever.

    And let's come out and say it: the DeBartolos had mob ties. Also, Carmen Policy.

    And proving that stupidity can be a crime against humanity: Dan Fucking Snyder. I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire.
  8. Sleeper

    Sleeper Member

  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Ted Stepien

    Andrew Freedman

  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Not defending Marge Schott's racist views, her heartless comments on ump-death opening day (I was in the leftfield cheap seats, unforgettable day), the legendary cheapness. But the Reds won a championship on her watch -- or maybe despite her watch, but it's still one more title than most vilified owners -- and she never penny-pinched the fans (media was another story). Outside baseball, she was a very generous woman. In Cincinnati she was and still is held mostly in high regard, though the punchlines will always be there.
  11. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Am I really the first to bring up Al Davis?

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  12. Sleeper

    Sleeper Member

    Great call on Marshall. It took federal action to integrate the Redskins.

    And Snyder is the biggest scumbucket in the league right now.
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