We have all heard the news.
Former New York Yankees owner George "The Boss" Steinbrenner has passed away at the age of 80 on the day of the MLB All-Star Game.
His wallet without a bottom and his desire to win made the Yankees the face of winning throughout all of sports. The Bronx Bombers were perennial powers under his reign.
Steinbrenner may top the list of most controversial owners in sports history. He was a hands-on owner, often times clashing with players and managers.
What was always true, however, was that The Boss would win.
Controversial owners don't always win. Whether successful or not, here are the ten most controversial owners in sports history.
Jerry Jones is another example of an owner who has created quite a stir around sports yet has experience and a winning reputation on his side.
From the get-go in 1989, Jones fired long-time coach Tom Landry, at that point the only coach in team history in favor of old friend Jimmy Johnson. Just a couple months later, he dismissed general manager Tex Schramm and assumed all football operations.
Jones is considered the most involved owner in sports. He can be seen in a box at every home game in his new, gigantic stadium, and can sometimes be seen on the field, normally sauntering down to the sidelines late in games.
Recently the Los Angeles native has been caught on video making insulting comments about Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow.
Branch Rickey, former co-owner of the Dodgers, is credited with one of the most famous signings in all of sports history in Jackie Robinson. At the time a controversial move, the signing of the first African American in baseball is now considered a class act.
Co-owners Walter O'Malley and Rickey began to form talented teams in the 1950's as the Brooklyn Dodgers began winning. Players such as Koufax, Robinson, Reese, Snider, and Campanella starred for the Dodgers.
With the team having reached and won championships in the decade, O'Malley began to look for other towns for the team.
In a day when St. Louis was considered Way West for baseball, the Dodgers and New York Giants headed for Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.
O'Malley had been scoping out a possible park in Chavez Ravine the entire time. Because of his move, the game of baseball is a coast-to-coast sport with teams in the state of Washington and Washington, D.C.
Brooklyn fans will never forgive O'Malley for moving the beloved franchise amidst a streak of winning and success.
The cantankerous Harold Ballard was long associated with the Toronto Maple Leafs, dating back from 1940 until his death in 1990. In 1972 he became majority owner of the team and that is when the most controversy kicked in.
Ballard stood on trial for 49 counts of fraud, theft, and tax evasion and was accused of using funds from the Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. for renovations to his home and cottage. He was convicted on 47 counts and sentenced to nine years in prison, but was released on parole after a third of his sentence.
He had a devout opposition to European players, missing out on some of the world's best talent that could have won many Stanley Cups that the Leafs were close to attaining.
He forced long-time captain Dave Keon to play for the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints by setting a compensation price so high for Keon that potential suitors backed off.
Throughout his career, he made many trades and moves that shipped away good players in return for little or nothing at all.
No, the picture is not of Veeck, but rather of midget Eddie Gaedel, who Veeck brought in as a promotional stunt for the Browns in 1951.
The first of his many crazy ideas, Veeck signed Gaedel to play for the Browns in a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. After deliberation between umpires and manager Zack Taylor, Gaedel was allowed to hit, crouching down and drawing a walk. He never played again.
Ever the showman and attention-seeker, Veeck was the idea behind ideas such as the putting his players into short pants, conducting trades in hotel lobbies, creating the "curtain call", and the fan managing.
Veeck was the mastermind behind "Grandstand Manager's Day", when fans held up signs calling for bunts, steals, and pitching changes as Taylor sat in a chair and smoked a pipe. Surprisingly, the Browns won 5-3.
His worst idea was Disco Demolition Night. Exactly what it sounds like, the whole demolition process led to a riot and a field unsuitable for playing that caused the White Sox to forfeit a game to the Tigers.
Bill Veeck seemed to be more of a showman than an owner.
Ever since the beginning of his ownership of the Raiders in 1972, Al Davis has been unrelenting in his chase for control of the entire team.
Both owner and GM, Davis has been at the helm for controversies such as the move to LA and back and the feud with running back Marcus Allen.
Davis has been involved in countless legal battles and feuds ranging from the debate over the Ken Stabler trade to the Lane Kiffin feud.
The hands-on owner is a very complicated man. Google him and you'll find some good facts and history.
Mark Cuban is the face of controversy himself. In his career as owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he has been fined $1,715,000 by the NBA for comments and actions against the league.
His most famous controversies are the "Dairy Queen Feud" between Cuban and the league, the booing campaign for former Maverick Michael Finley, and the feud with J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.
This year on May 22, Cuban was fined $100,000 for comments about trying to sign LeBron James.
He can frequently be found seated directly behind the Mavericks bench not in traditional owner attire, yelling at referees and opposing players. He has cursed at Bruce Bowen and complained about officials, both resulting in fines.
Adding to his list of accomplishments can be an appearance on the fifth season of Dancing With the Stars.
Okay, I'm cheating a bit on this one. Modell and Irsay did not own the same franchise, but did the same thing to two adoring cities.
Modell was vilified in Cleveland after moving the Browns to Baltimore in 1996. He promised Cleveland fans that the team would stay and stadium upgrades, also publicly criticizing Irsay's move of the Colts decades before.
Reaction to the Modell decision was very hostile and he was considered the most hated man in Ohio until LeBron made "The Decision".
Baltimore was the recipient of the Modell decision, garnering a football team after what Bob Irsay did to the Baltimore Colts in the early hours of March 28, 1984.
After telling fans that the Colts, a team with a proud fan base and marching band, would stay in Baltimore. People were assured that they would remain, but Irsay had secretly been communicating with the Indianapolis mayor and had a move set.
Escaping under the cover of night, he loaded up 12 Mayflower moving vans containing football essentials and left for Indianapolis. He never even took the case to court, which at least Al Davis did before moving the Raiders.
Both men were at the head of controversial moves of franchises, never again to be forgiven and vilified by entire states.
Schott, the first woman to buy a baseball team, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, holding a cigarette and earning the title of Red Menace. She owned the Reds from 1984-1999, creating controversy by means of her actions and words.
Schott made racial slurs toward African Americans, Jews, the Japanese, and homosexuals. The MLB banned her from managing the team from 1996 to 1998 because of comments sympathizing with the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler.
She cared little about her players or coaches and their comfort, yet allowing her dogs free reign on the field of Riverfront Stadium. Schott did not want to hire scouts, claiming that "all they ever do is watch baseball games". She refused to post scores of other games on the Riverfront scoreboard.
During the reign Saddam Hussein, the eldest son of the Iraqi dictator took charge of the Olympic Committee and the national soccer team.
Uday had limited knowledge on any sport, yet was desperate for victory. Defectors swear that he tortured players if he was not satisfied with their performance.
The most horrendous part about Hussein was the torture scorecard he kept, which kept track of how many times a player was to be tortured after a game based on his miscues.
His acts as owner put the antics of Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban in a whole new perspective.
The Boss's resume: 11 pennants, seven World Series championships, a ton of money spent, and even more controversy.
Steinbrenner represented the Yankees in more ways than being one of the team's "faces". He had a win-at-all-costs mentality that led the team to multiple championships.
His hands-on approach led to the dubbing of the nickname "Manager George" by former Yankees skipper Dallas Green. He played a prominent role in driving up player salaries and often had run-ins with his players and managers.
He dismissed manager Billy Martin on five seperate occasions, and from 1973 until his retirement in 2006 had 20 different managers.
Many players had problems with George's strict no facial hair rule. He criticized players such as Dave Winfield often for poor performance.
Steinbrenner was indicted on 14 criminal counts for making illegal contributions to the Richard Nixon re-election campaign. He was suspended for two years by commissioner Bowie Kuhn, though it was reduced to fifteen months.
in 1990, he was banned for life after he paid a gambler $40,000 for "dirt" after Winfield sued him. His reputation was never fixed again.
The ban did not remain, however, when Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993. The Yankees won four World Series in 1996, 1998,1999, and 2000.
Whether you hated him or loved him, he was one of the game's most successful owner, as well as the most controversial. He will be missed.