Saturday, August 15, 2015

Worst Owners in Sports (Football Edition)

        This edition of Worst Owners in Sports takes us inside the NFL. The NFL is one of America's most popular sports, but some fanbases aren't so fortunate to have competent owners. Here's a look at some of the worst owners in the entire NFL.

  1. Dan Snyder, Washington Redskins: It's not really the whole name debacle that I have a problem with. It's having a 108-148 record through the 2014 season during his tenure that I have a problem with. It's also bad signings like Albert Haynesworth along with rising prices, suing season ticket holders who couldn't pay (In spite of saying there were over 200,000 on their waiting list), and banning signs from FedEx Field that have Redskins fans seeing red. In fact, Snyder was named the most hated owner in all of sports this year.
  2. Jimmy Haslam, Cleveland Browns: Right out of the shoot and he's already one of the more hated owners in the NFL. He's the owner of the Cleveland Browns in spite of admitting that he's a Steelers fan. That's akin to the owner of the Red Sox (John Henry) admitting that he's a fan of the Yankees. But that's not all. During his tenure, Browns players such as Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon have either checked themselves into rehab for alcoholism or had substance-related problems which led to a suspension by the NFL. To top it all off, their general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for texting members of the Browns coaching staff during the 2014 season. The team was also fined $250,000 for the incident. Oh, and don't forget the federal probe into alleged fraud at Haslam's Pilot Flying J.
  3. The Ford Family, Detroit Lions: Although the Lions did make the playoffs last year and were a game away from home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Lions have had a woeful history under the Fords. The Lions have had ONE playoff win (Coming in 1992 against the Cowboys) since 1957. They're also the only NFC team to have never reached the Super Bowl and the only NFL team to go 0-16. They once had Matt Millen as their general manager as well and Lions fans will tell you how bad he was. Don't forget that they don't have cheerleaders on the sidelines, in spite of their team not being a family-friendly product. 

        Honorable (Or Not) Mentions: Mark Davis (Oakland Raiders), Stan Kroenke (St. Louis Rams), Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins), Woody Johnson (New York Jets)

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