Topic: Owners

December 27, 2013

This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.

May 13, 2013

What will Sacramento's widely reviled owners be up to in a couple years? Something terrible, most likely. Here's one guess.

November 5, 2012

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, currently overseeing the third prolonged labor dispute in less than 20 years, makes for an easy villain. But the awful paradoxes with which he has presented fans—a league that hurts its fans to grow its fan-base and foregoes games to increase revenue—have had an unusual effect: they've reminded fans, in the game's absence, of how much hockey is really worth.

June 11, 2012

Fandom requires a certain amount of surrender to contingency, given that we're not the ones playing the game. But, in his column advocating a politically motivated approach to picking a favorite in the NBA Finals, Dave Zirin takes engagement a step too far.

June 6, 2012

The NFL seems determined to start and win another labor-related staring contest, this time with the NFL Referees Association. The rich tough guys may win this negotiation, but that doesn't mean any of it makes sense.

April 5, 2012

James Dolan denies that the Knicks withheld news of Jeremy Lin's knee surgery to sell playoff tickets, claims conspiracy on the part of the New York Daily News. In so doing, New York's worst billionaire proved once again that there's no story about the Knicks that shouldn't be believed.

March 20, 2012

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob wanted the mic for a few minutes on the night of Chris Mullin's jersey retirement ceremony. Warriors fans did not really want that to happen. The resulting Oakland Blackout shouldn't have been a surprise.

March 9, 2012

Do you dare read Donald Sterling's heroically lewd 2003 deposition on the subject of "sex for money, money for sex?" It's totally fine if you don't dare. It's actually maybe more disgusting than you'd expect, for the reasons that most things about Donald Sterling are disgusting.

December 5, 2011

Jose Reyes got a contract offer from the Miami Marlins that the New York Mets couldn't match, and so he left. It's not all that complicated. How the the Mets organization became the zombie-patrolled ruin it is today, on the other hand...

November 13, 2011

Today’s stars may look up to him, but Jordan isn’t interested in being anyone’s mentor. He’s mostly concerned with making sure none of them approach his accomplishments.