|SI's Best & Worst Owners|
|What makes the owner of a pro sports franchise great? Torii Hunter has a few ideas, over and above the obviously lavish deals owners often bestow on players. As the Gold Glove center fielder explained last spring after signing a five-year, $90 million free-agent pact with the Los Angeles Angels, the reasons aren't as simple as just putting more zeroes on a contract.|
"You can have all the money in the world but be in last place and [be] miserable," said Hunter, who signed with the Angels instead of two other teams that made him similar offers. "Arte Moreno wants to win. When you got a guy like that, I want to be a part of that team."
With that in mind, SI.com identified the five best and five worst owners in each of the four major team sports. The method was not scientific but based on numerous factors, some of which are indisputable and some of which are intangible. Among the criteria used to evaluate owners was the willingness to spend money to improve the team; the stability and capabilities of the front office and management; the amenities at the team's venue; and the club's culture and interactivity with fans. Of course, weighing heavily in the decision was the team's success or failure on the field. (Note: Records are through 2008 season.)