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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Poll: Which owner best in NFC West?

By Mike Sando

The next ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings go straight to the top.

Who are the best team owners in the league? We'll break out the results Tuesday. First, I'd like to count your votes on the best owners in the NFC West. The poll provides the mechanism. The comments section allows for elaboration.

I'm working on a ballot based on the following criteria:
What other criteria are important? I don't think any current NFC West owners meet all the standards I've mentioned.

The St. Louis Rams' Stan Kroenke took over as majority owner only recently. It's too early to evaluate him.

The San Francisco 49ers' Jed York is taking a more prominent role. His standing will rise if Jim Harbaugh succeeds and the team secures a new stadium.

The Arizona Cardinals' Michael Bidwill has taken the lead in recent years. The team secured a new stadium and has finally found stability on the coaching front, but more time is needed.

The Seattle Seahawks' Paul Allen has succeeded on some fronts, but he appears invisible at the league level despite his standing as the wealthiest owner in the NFL. The organization has experienced instability at the top in recent seasons as well.