There are few things people are more passionate about than their sports team. Some even love them more than their own families. However, although we love to romanticize them, the truth is these clubs and franchises are mega-money earners. Usually, there’s one person or company in charge.
Unfortunately, these individuals can often make or break a franchise. If they don’t invest or show enough interest in their purchase, everything can and does go downhill. The opposite is also true because some owners interfere too much in things they don’t understand.
So today, we’re going to take a look at 25 owners of clubs and franchises that fans loved to hate. Unfortunately, some of these men are still in business today and continue to run their teams into the ground.
25. Dan Gilbert – Cleveland Cavaliers
Gilbert isn’t the most hated man on this list, but there’s definitely a substantial number who don’t like him. While he managed to successfully scapegoat LeBron James as a traitor when he left for the Miami Heat, Gilbert has a lot to answer for. He seemed determined to never build the roster when he had one of the best players in the league.
As well as all of that drama, there was that infamous comic sans letter he once wrote. He rained down hate on James and promised to win an NBA championship before their former hero did. They didn’t. Then you can add in the fact that he fell out with one of the best GMs the Cavs ever had in David Griffin.