Good Afternoon -
SI.com has decided to identify who they believe to be the best and worst owners in the four major team sports. The criteria used to evaluate owners included:
- Team's success or failure on the field.
- Willingness to spend money to improve the team.
- Stability and capabilities of the front office and management.
- Amenities at the team's venue.
- Club's culture and interactivity with fans.
The press release regarding their findings has been placed below this e-mail as well as the link to the story. If you would like to speak with anyone from SI to discuss the findings in this package, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.
Now first off, it should be noted that James Dolan was listed as one of the worst NBA owners. My thought on this is, if he's such a horrible Knicks owner, how is he not an equally bad Rangers owner? He essentially has done the same thing for both teams, the only difference being the New York Knicks do not have Henrik Lundqvist to carry them into the playoffs and make them appear to be a legitimate team. It feels like it took a decade of losing and a sexual assault charge for Dolan to finally boot Isaiah Thomas. Not a good omen for Rangers fans. If Wade Redden hasn't gotten Glen Sather fired, I can't even begin to think how long it will take Dolan to realize he needs to be canned, even though fans and media agree that he is the root of the RAngers problems.
Dolan simply does not have any invested interest in his teams, he's disconnected. On any given night he probably could not tell you whether the Rangers won or lost. He also probably couldn't name more than 70% of the players on his roster. People can say what they want about George Steinbrenner, but wouldn't you rather have an a-hole owner
who is willing to do anything to bring home a championship than a guy who seemingly could care less?
Here's my response.
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I have to say that I'm pretty shocked that James Dolan (NY Rangers) wasn't listed in the top 5 of the worst NHL owners. If he's listed as one of the worst owners in the NBA, how is he not listed as one of the worst owners in the NHL? Dolan has allowed GM Glen Sather to destroy the make up of the team and furthermore, he can care less whether or not the Rangers win a Cup. All he cares about is if there are butts in the seats and with the loyal fan base the Rangers have, he has nothing to worry about in that department. Dolan is perfectly content with sitting back and allowing Sather to put together a mediocre team that will just be good enough to make the playoffs and keep fans interested, but nowhere near the level they would need to be to win. All he cares about is attendance and revenue.
Rangers fans deserve better.