The overwhelming majority of NBA players and fans alike got exactly what they wanted Tuesday, as commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million—the maximum allowable under the league's constitution—and put a plan in place to force him to sell the franchise.
Sterling, who for decades has been known in the City of Angels as a bigoted slumlord as much as an owner of a professional basketball team, was caught on tape by his girlfriend making racially repugnant comments that sent shock waves throughout social media and beyond after being released by TMZ. Silver, faced with his first major crisis since taking the reins from David Stern in February, responded with a swift brand of justice that earned him a lot of respect from each spoke of the NBA wheel.
Assuming Silver gets the votes, and he was quite confident during his press conference in Midtown Manhattan that he would, Sterling will be ousted from one of this country's most exclusive clubs.
But Sterling is not alone, as there are more than a few team owners among the four major sports in America that do little more than torture their respective fanbases with embarrassing performances both on and off the field of play. From an unwillingness to open the checkbook to various run-ins with the long arm of the law, success in business does not necessarily equate to success in sports.
In alphabetical order, here are the 10 worst owners that the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL currently suffer.