Owen and his son Karl are definitely the two most despised owners in soccer history. It’s a tale of harrowing neglect that stretched back to 1988. First, there was a rape conviction for Owen in 1995. Then they sued supporters who dared to criticize them for their handling of the club. But that wasn’t all.
Their illegitimate asset stripping is what really got the fans furious. When they went back down that cost them dearly and the team suffered badly. Fans protested and stayed away from the stadium. A court ordered the Oystons to pay $35 million owed to their minority shareholder. Finally, they put the club up for sale.
This father and son duo definitely riled up the masses. First of all, Robert moved the Colts in the dead of night from Baltimore to Indianapolis to avoid the city seizing the franchise. In short, this made him a major hate figure in Maryland. To this day, the Ravens won’t display the Colts name when they host Indianapolis.
After the death of his father, Jim became the youngest ever NFL owner. He helped to bring his franchise a Super Bowl, but his overall lack of class has seen him earn the disgust of many fans. When his mistress overdosed in a house bought with Colts’ money, it really set things off.
When a new owner comes in, the first thing that fans want to know is, how much money does he have? It quickly becomes clear that they’re more than willing to overlook shady pasts or dubious morals if they’re going to invest heavily in their team. But if they don’t, it’s unforgivable.
Enter Spano. It quickly became clear that all of his promises were lies and that he didn’t have the money for a new suit, nevermind investment in his franchise. Finally, in 1997 the NFL forced him out of the Islanders. Then a court convicted and jailed him twice for fraud.
The former Dodgers owner is one of the shadiest figures to ever own a US franchise. According to the LA Times, he was the most hated man in Los Angeles. He pulled over $100 million in team assets to fund his lavish lifestyle. That definitely won’t help you win the love of the fans.
He managed to run up massive debts, even owing money to legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Then there was his messy divorce with his former wife Jamie. After the MLB raised concerns over the franchise’s finances, he finally reached a deal to put them up for sale.
One of the worst owners in the world, Snyder has made a total mess out of the Redskins. Fans totally despise him and want him gone. You can’t blame them either. In 2008, many season ticket holders couldn’t afford to pay because of the recession. Snyder’s response was to sue them.
The team has also been dramatically unsuccessful on the field. You can get away with being a terrible person as long as the franchise is winning. You could call them consistent, but consistently awful. From ineptitude on the field to the dysfunction in the board room, his reign of terror is crippling the franchise.
The Raiders are one of the most distinctive franchises in the US. With their black and silver colors, their fanbase is famously fanatical. They’re part of Oakland’s fabric or were until Mark Davis lost patience with the city. From 2020 forward, they’ll be playing their home games in Las Vegas.
After struggling to get support for a new stadium, Davis gave up trying. Against the will of the fans, he decided to move the franchise to Sin City. After their final game in Oakland, a defeat to the Jaguars, he showed no remorse or sympathy to the plight of those left behind. He’s heartless and has a terrible haircut.