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    Although those five are all worthy of consideration, personally I would have found room for William Clay Ford of the Lions. Tough to leave Mike Brown (Bengals) and Bill Bidwell (Arizona) off a list such as this too. Jerry Richardson in Carolina and the Glazers in Tampa Bay are a couple more that seem like they couldn't care less about the team's fans and look down at them in the name of profits over wins.

    You may need to expand this list to ten, or a dirty dozen; in that case perhaps Jacksonville's Wayne Weaver and the Bills' Ralph Wilson get included, though in their defense they are in difficult situations due to the markets their teams are in.
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    agreed

    Cincy is a mess and Marv Lewis is a big reason why. He has no control over anyone on that team.

    Jacksonville I blame the league for putting a team there. I compare it to having hockey in Phoenix and Tampa Bay, it just isn't practical.

    A lot of teams have hurt themselves over the last 10-15 years, those 5 were the ones that came first of mind.
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    Where is Kraft on that list?

    He's the worst!

    We haven't won a Super Bowl in nearly 7 years! :rolleyes:
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    the only thing Kraft gets put on the worst list for is those awful white tipped dress shirts.
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    I agree with those who add Ralph Wilson Jr. and Michael Brown to the list, plus any other owners who don't promote their brand by selling naming rights to their stadiums and then cry "poverty" at the CBA bargaining table.

    I understand putting Jones on the list for "style" reasons, but few owners do more to promote the NFL and its brand than does Jones, so I'd probably not put him among the five worst. I'd leave Dan Snyder on for persistent foolishness in the player decisions he has made.
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    What do you mean by awful, huh?

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    I wore this ridiculous thing...... for you
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    Not to nitpick, but the Lightning are actually quite popular down here. Lightning games are almost always full, much more so that the current Bucs or the Rays.
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    I should have said the Panthers, but yes agreed on the Bucs and Rays. Raymond James Stadium is very nice too from what I hear!
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    No Mike Brown? Epic article fail. He should be number 1
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    I live in Pa and was once a Winnipeg Jets fan and am now a Phoenix Coyotes fan since the franchise moved into USA South

    I would have to say from all the years as a Winnipeg fan and all the years as a Coyotes fan,the Phoenix fans are by far better and more faithful to their team than they ever were up in Canada...if they go back to Canada next season I will be pissed to say the least.

    You really have no idea what you are talking about when you say that Phoenix is not a practical place for hockey....because it is,people love hockey in Arizona,even if its 100 degrees in the shade.

    The fans were cheering loudly after the game despite last nights sweep by the Red Wings to what may have been their last game in Arizona,a classy act by classy fans.
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    Mike Brown, who doesn't invest in scouting, and who generally is so cheap that players including his QB want to leave, deserves a very high spot on the list.
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    Crappy, lazy article.

    Really, who writes about how inept an NFL owner is, and then "'can't be bothered" to research their recent draft history?

    Thats the first and last article I read of Mr Porcupine (I can't be bothered to research the proper spelling)
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    Yup; good point. It reminds me of the lazy sots in the Boston media who would "watch" Patriots practices and not see anything while grinding out daily drivel about contracts or human-interest background stories on guys who are sure to be cut.

    You also have to wonder how some of these idiots owner got so rich; did they sue their way to the top?

    Wellington Mara was a meddlesome owner who made some bad football decisions but he seemed like a a very nice guy unlike Snyder. The Giants in the TIsch era had good drafts except for horrific first-round choices; I have always wondered if Tisch was making the first round picks each year.
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    #50 Jersey

    I'd have to say that Brown is worse than Spanos.. And Ralph Wilson has to be mentioned.. He's one of the biggest issues with the CBA currently..
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    Of that list, Jones and Davis are the only ones who have a hand in the drafting of players.. Look at the last 4 years of Cowboys drafts.. They haven't exactly been filled with a bonanza of talent. They've been pretty mediocre beyond Felix Jones, Tashard Choice and Dez Bryant.
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    If character is a criterium, then Woody "Satan worshiper" Johnson has to top the list...
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    I hate to join in beating someone when he's down, but I agree, that was a bad effort by the writer. Three of those five have won multiple SB's yet he ranks Dan Snyder who has won one playoff game in 11 years ahead of them? Even Spanos has made it to a couple of AFCC's.

    No one on that list comes close to insulting and mistreating one's own fanbase the way Snyder has.

    People should do some research or put more thought into their articles.
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    "Worst owners" ?????
    What the **** does that mean? Jones and Snyder are raking in huge $$$$. Do you think their accountants think their bosses are the worst owners? San Diego is in the hunt every year....man that owner must suck. Denver....the owner who owned football for a decade all of a sudden is one of the worst?
    You know, I love the messageboard content at PatsFans...but their feature articles always lack depth and insight. It's like reading a small town newspaper, that gotta write about something to fill up the those pages.
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    This was a terrible article for numerous reasons. I'm not quite sure what criteria went into this "list" but it is clear not a lot of research went into it. But just right off the start:

    Ummm. The top 3 names on this list have won Super Bowls.

    Jones may be an egotistical megalomaniac. Davis may be senile. But both have done a lot in football over their careers.

    The inclusion of Jones in particular is shocking. Jones is one of, if not the single most influential owner in the sport. He's done a lot for the business side of things. His recent draft history has been suspect, but one of the most important owners who has won multiple Super Bowls while developing one of the richest teams in the sport, which has a winning record in 5 of the last 6 seasons while making the play-offs in 3 of those seasons is hardly a candidate for the top 5 worst owners in football by any criteria you can think of.

    I don't think that's fair. They haven't been outstanding drafts, but I've seen a lot worse. There have been some poor picks, but there is a lot more than just Jones, Choice and Bryant. Sean Lee looks promising. In 2009, they didn't have a pick until the 3rd round, but McGee shows some signs of potential, and they got a specialist in Buehler in the 5th. Mike Jenkins had a down year, but he was a Pro Bowl alternate his rookie season and still shows promise. Anthony Spencer and Doug Free in 2007 were pretty solid picks, and it's hard to believe but Nick Folk was a Pro Bowl kicker for a while.

    And Davis had some awful drafts. 2007 and 2009 stand out for their #1s in Russell and Heyward-Bey, but I think it's made people cloud over some of the other players they picked up. Even in the bad years, they still got Zach Miller, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Michael Bush, and Louis Murphy. 2010 wasn't bad at all, with Rolando McLain LaMarr Houston, and Jacoby Ford, plus he didn't overdraft work-out warrior Bruce Campbell like everyone thought but got him in the 4th, and he played in 10 games. Darren McFadden hasn't lived up to all the hype, but he's still a pretty good pick that's been coming on, and they also got Tyvon Branch in the same draft.

    Again, neither will get top marks for their draft classes. But looking back, they aren't as bad as I first thought either.
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    How many lawsuits has Synder initiated? Didn't he sue the Redskin's GM (Charlie Casserly)?
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    Suing Charlie Casserly cant be a bad thing.
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    terrible article, surprised that not many people thumbs down that article. Many of his reasons were very weak. e.g. "Bowlen let Brandon Marshall go because he couldn’t keep his attitude in check."

    How about naming owners who don't provide the necessary tools and resources so that the people he hires can do their jobs like the Cincy owner Mike Brown?

    Pat Bowlen, Jerry Jones, and Even Alex Spanos are good owners.
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    #75 Jersey

    He's currently suing a small, local community paper that is distributed free.

    Great guy.
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    I could see suing him for his gawd-awful toupee. His voice also; does he have the worst accent on TV? It is so bad it is amusing; sort of like Mel Blanc voice (YouTube - Mel Blanc on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson).
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    Having experienced real bad owners of my favourite team I really do sympathise with any fan who's teams currently under such a regime. Seriously, I even have sympathy for Man U fans with the Glazers and I guess the Bucs are the same.

    When you can see your club going down the pan as the owners bleed it dry it really is total heartbreak. I wouldn't even wish it on the Jets.
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    The writer is wrong on jerry jones. He is one of the better owners in the nfl. The cowboys are the second biggest sports franchise in America behind the yankees. Jones has marketed the team very well. He spends on his team, not always wisely but at least he tries to win. The building of the stadium is an example his marketing genius. I live close to the stadium, and people pay money to take a tour of the stadium everyday. The stadium has hosted many sporting events like superbowl and nba allstar game. He has also won three superbowls, signing a guy like deion sanders during that run. I would want Jerry Jones running my team.
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    Spanos doesn't belong on the list, and the only reason to put Bowlen there is that he's gone a bit senile. While that's clearly impacted his abilities as an owner, he's still better than some other options out there, and people here have mentioned such options. It was a badly written article which used lousy logic and reasoning.
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    I don't really agree to that list my would be.

    1. Mike Brown Bengals He hired back Marvin Lewis as HC enough said.
    2. William Clay Ford Lions- The last NFL championship was in 1957 been a joke since them their fans deserve much better.
    3. Randy Lerner Browns - Bad coaching decisions, been a joke since he brought them back.
    4. Ralph Wilson Bills The game has passed him by.
    5. Dan Snyder Redskins -He is a joke of an owner and human being.
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