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The owner's onus



In May, Harris Interactive polled 15,881 people across the country for their opinion on a group of sports team owners. Each participant was first asked if he or she recognized the owner's name. Those that were "aware" of the owner were asked to rate him, either favorably or unfavorably. Below are the results of that poll:

Most Liked & Well Known Sports Franchise Owners
Owner Team(s) Awareness Favorable Unfavorable
Paul Allen Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks
19%
78%
22%
Red McCombs Minnesota Vikings,
16
78
22
Lamar Hunt Kansas City Chiefs,
Columbus Crew,
Kansas City Wizards
23
77
23
Mark Cuban Dallas Mavericks
18
69
31
Tom Hicks Texas Rangers,
Dallas Stars
8
68
32
Jerry Colangelo Phoenix Suns,
Arizona Diamondbacks
15
66
34
Daniel Snyder Washington Redskins
15
64
36
Ted Leonsis Washington Capitals,
Washington Wizards
6
63
37
Carl Pohlad Minnesota Twins
38
55
45
Ted Turner Atlanta Braves,
Atlanta Hawks,
Atlanta Thrashers
75
55
45
Wayne Huizenga Miami Dolphins,
Florida Panthers
22
54
46
Jerry Reinsdorf Chicago Bulls,
Chicago Blackhawks,
Chicago White Sox
21
48
52
Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys
40
37
63
George Steinbrenner New York Yankees,
New Jersey Nets,
New Jersey Devils
65
32
68
Source: Harris Sports Poll, Harris Interactive, May 2001
Note: Ownership included minority interest in some teams.

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