Rank 'Em: Influential Owners In Sports

Created: July 13, 2010, 12:59 PM

Where does George "The Boss" Steinbrenner rank?

What makes an owner of a professional sports team influential? Is it all about winning multiple championships, as Jerry Buss has done with the Lakers or Jerry Jones with the Cowboys? What about Bill Veeck, who revolutionized the fan experience and created headlines all by himself?

As a sports owner, you have to be a bit of everything in order to be successful. In 37 years under George "The Boss" Steinbrenner, who passed away on Tuesday at age 80, the Yankees won seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 American League East titles. He wasn't afraid to spend money to lure a player like Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx or let Joe Torre, the longest-tenured Yankees skipper in the Steinbrenner era, walk away from the organization after he won six AL pennants and four World Series in 12 seasons. And he was no stranger to controversy, hiring and firing managers at will and being
banned from baseball for life only to be reinstated three years later.

Simply click on the photos to start your rankings. You must rank at least FIVE owners.
 

 
  • Seattle Seahawks
    1997-present
    Portland Trail Blazers
    1988-present
  • Los Angeles Lakers
    1979-present
  • Dallas Mavericks
    2000-present
  • Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
    1963-present
  • Oakland Athletics
    1961-1980
  • Boston Red Sox
    2002-present
  • Kansas City Chiefs
    1963-2006
  • Dallas Cowboys
    1989-present
  • New England Patriots
    1994-present
  • Chicago Bulls
    1985-present
    Chicago White Sox
    1981-present
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    1932-88
  • New York Yankees
    1973-2010
  • Cleveland Indians
    1946-49
    Chicago White Sox
    1959-61;1976-80

 



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