The first part of the worst type of owners covered those without any guts to win, i.e. Howard Lincoln (formerly) and First Avenue Entertainment of the Seattle Mariners. Lincoln and his motley crew of scaredy cat curmudgeons don't have the stones to put out a winning team or put up a fight. They're weak and should be shunned from sports forever. This next type of bad owner has the stones to put out a winning team... in their own mind(s). I'm talking about owners who have egos bigger than their own team(s).
I'm mainly talking about owners like James Dolan of the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers. Dolan is the chairman of Madison Square Garden Entertainment, a sports conglomerate he took over in 1999. While the Knicks did make the NBA Finals in 1999, that was his only NBA Finals appearance. With the Rangers, Dolan enjoyed some modest success, making the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. Still, the Rangers have been hammered by expensive, underperforming signings such as Eric Lindros, Theo Fleury, and Pavel Bure.
Unlike the cowardly Lincoln (who just wanted to contend for the playoffs), Dolan is not afraid to boast about his team's chances at the championship. He did this with the Rangers in 2012, which rubbed then-head coach John Tortarella the wrong way. Tortarella stated the following:
"I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That's a bunch of bullshit. We need to take this one game at a time."
Apparently, Dolan REALLY wanted to see his reflection in the Stanley Cup. Anyways, Dolan's ego fired Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown after the first year of his five-year deal. Not only that, but Dolan threatened to ban a Knicks fan for yelling at Dolan to sell the team. Then there's Dolan getting into a confrontation with beloved former Knick Charles Oakley, prompting Dolan to ban HIM from Madison Square Garden. In fact, in a sexual harassment lawsuit submitted by Anucha Browne-Saners, she claimed Dolan fired her out of spite for bringing up Isiah Thomas's sexual harassment during his time with the New York Liberty.
If you want to see more of Dolan's ego at play, take a look at his dealings with the Los Angeles Clippers and their new arena in Inglewood. Steve Ballmer, the owner of the Clippers and the guy I want to hopefully buy and lead the Seattle Mariners to a World Series one day along with the Clippers to an NBA title, wants to build an arena privately funded by himself in Inglewood. Dolan, not wanting any competition for the U.S. dollar, sues the city of Inglewood so that The Forum can give Dolan and MSGE his cash grab. The Clippers countersue, stating that Dolan and Madison Square Garden Entertainment are preventing construction. After all, the Clippers are tired (and rightfully so) of having to share an arena with the Los Angeles Lakers. What does MSGE and Dolan do? Spend money on things such as Inglewood's mayoral election to try and fund community groups to try and sway the vote.
Dolan's ego is so enormous that MSGE instilled an ironclad policy preventing the media from criticizing personnel via the media. That must be why Marv Albert didn't come back to the Knicks; in 2004, Albert criticized the way the Knicks were playing.
Dolan's even gotten his own band, J.D. and the Straight Shot, into Madison Square Garden to perform their blues numerous times. He's even played the kazoo! Talk about a legend in his own mind! Of course, one reviewer said that Dolan "was singing like he was trying not to cough". COUGH COUGH! There's also releasing a half-assed statement regarding Black Lives Matter in the wake of the George Floyd murder and "Under the Hood" to be mad about. Also, Dolan got the coronavirus. Ouch.
Dolan isn't the only sports owner who loves himself more than his team. There are also big headed owners such as Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys (who's also the general manager of the Cowboys) and Dean Spanos of the Los Angeles Chargers (not the San Diego Chargers, sadly). Fans just want to see their team winning. When their team is not winning, the last thing they want to see is their owner in front of a camera. Dolan is not making matters better for Knicks fans.
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