The Florida (now Miami) Marlins were only four years old when they won their first World Series in 1997. It only took a year for then-owner Huizenga to completely dismantle the championship team for financial reasons in one of the largest fire sales in sports history. Needless to say, this did little (meaning nothing) for the man who had spearheaded the team’s creation. Fans felt betrayed by Huizenga’s trades and game attendance decreased drastically. Huizenga, who had already made millions through Blockbuster, Waste Management, Inc. and AutoNation, sold the team in 1998.
As I see it, Robert Irsay bought the Baltimore Colts so that he could wreck it in such a way that would justify his moving the team out of Baltimore and to its current home in Indianapolis.
He turned a respectable franchise of class into a disrespectful franchise of clownishness. He was incompetent and irresponsible as an owner as evidenced by his trading of veterans players who were the nucleus of the team's past success, his trading away popular players like Raymond Chester, Lydell Mitchell, and Freddie Scott for lesser known talent, his benching of Johnny Unitas and constant firing of coaches including the one who had won the Super Bowl the year before he acquired the team.
As former quarterback Bert Jones said, "It is tragic for the National Football League to be associated with Robert Irsay..
This list starts and ends with James Dolan. Never has an owner done so little with so much. I blame his father (and fellow owner) Larry Dolan for not giving him up for adoption at a young age instead of taking him on at Cablevision.
I understand that Americans are not big soccer fans, but Malcom Glazer, who owns Manchester United as well as Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a leach sucking blood out of the venerated soccer club in northwestern England. While billionaire owners of Chelsea and ManU's city rival Manchester City have backing their respective teams generously, Glazer made ManU take on the debt he himself borrowed to take over the club. He is using the club primarily to line his pocket. ManU ended the last season with no trophy, and many wonder whether the team will now slip in the ranks in the league behind ManCity and Chelsea.
Florida (now Miami) MARLINS not Dolphins...come on Time, I live 3,000 miles from Miami and I know that.