The worst owners in sports
Peter Angelos, Baltimore Orioles
Angelos, a former trial lawyer, took over the Orioles in 1993 after leading a group that purchased the team from Eli Jacobs. Soon, the team made the American League Championship Series two consecutive years, but the Orioles haven't finished above .500 in the 11 seasons since.
Bill Bidwell, Arizona Cardinals
Bidwell has been sole owner of the team since 1972 and was part owner from 1962-72. The team finally made the Super Bowl last season, but that was the first time the Cardinals won a division title since 1975. They have made the playoffs only five times in the past 47 years.
Al Davis, Oakland Raiders
Yes, Davis has won three Super Bowls and an AFL championship, but those victories were a long time ago. They are a league-worst 25-76 since playing in the Super Bowl in 2003 and have had five head coaches since 2001.
James Dolan, New York Knicks
Since taking over an increased role in managing Cablevision's sports properties in 1999, Dolan has seen his Knicks struggle. The team has not had a winning season since 2001, and he has been criticized for giving large contracts to ineffective players. In 2007, NBA Commissioner David Stern said the Knicks are "not a model of intelligent management" after the team lost a sexual-harassment lawsuit.
William Clay Ford, Detroit Lions
Ford, an auto magnate, saw his team go 0-16 last year. But the struggles are nothing new. In 45 years, his Lions have made the playoffs only nine times and have won just one playoff game.
David Glass, Kansas City Royals
Glass took over the Royals in 1993, and the team has averaged 96 losses in his tenure. They have lost 100 games in four different seasons.
Tom Hicks, Texas Rangers
Hicks purchased the Rangers in 1998 and is best known for signing Alex Rodriguez for $252 million in 2000, then getting little in return for him. Texas hasn't made the postseason in nine years and is the only franchise in baseball to not win a playoff series.
Ted Lerner, Washington Nationals
Lerner, who made his wealth in real estate, took over the Nationals from Major League Baseball in 2006. He opened a $600 million stadium last year, but the team has finished in last place three times in the four years he has owned it.
Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins
Snyder spends on his team. Boy, does he spend. But his team has not been in Super Bowl contention, and he has had five head coaches since taking over the team in 1999.
Charles Wang, New York Islanders
Wang, the founder of Computer Associates, bought the Islanders in 2000 for about $190 million. He bought out Sanjay Kumar - serving a 12-year prison term for a $400 million accounting fraud scandal - in 2004. Newsday reported that Wang has spent $208.8 million - an average of $23 million per year - to keep the team operating. The Islanders were an NHL-worst 26-47-9 last season, and Wang has made a series of front-office moves that have drawn criticism. Wang said he regrets buying the team. "If I had the chance I wouldn't do it again," Wang said.