List of professional sports team owners: Wikis


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This is a list of individuals, groups of individuals, and companies who have owned and operated a professional sports organization. The list is organized first by sport, then by franchise or team, then by Owner. If an organization has gone through a significant change (e.g. the team has moved and/or changed names), that information is noted after the years of ownership.


Auto racing owners & team principals


Formula One team principals

(Listed by Constructor)

BMW Sauber
Force India-Ferrari
Mercedes Grand Prix
Red Bull-Renault
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Super Aguri-Honda

NASCAR team owners

BAM Racing
  • Beth Ann Morgenthau - (2002-Present)
Bill Davis Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Richard Petty Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports
  • Brad Jenkins - (2005-Present)
Furniture Row Racing
Haas CNC Racing
Hall of Fame Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
Joe Gibbs Racing
Michael Waltrip Racing
Morgan-McClure Motorsports currently on hiatus
Penske Racing
Petty Enterprises
Richard Childress Racing
Richard Petty Motorsports
Robby Gordon Motorsports
Roush Fenway Racing
Stewart Haas Racing
Team Red Bull
Wood Brothers Racing
Yates Racing

Baseball franchise owners

Major League Baseball owners

Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

Nippon Professional Baseball owners

In Japanese baseball, teams are traditionally owned by companies and bear that company's name. The only team that does not currently bear a corporate name is the Yokohama BayStars, whose owner has chosen not to attach its name to the team. The company identifier is indicated in bold type in the owner list.

Chiba Lotte Marines
Chunichi Dragons
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Hanshin Tigers
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • Matsuda family (the founding family of Mazda — about 60%); Mazda (34.2%); other minority shareholders
    • The "Toyo" name comes from the former corporate name of Mazda, Toyo Kogyo.
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  • Senators (1946) – Did not use a corporate name. Owned by retired Japanese statesman Kinkazu Saionji.
  • Tokyu Flyers (1947) – Tokyu Corporation (100%)
  • Kyuei Flyers (1948) – Tokyu and Daiei (50-50)
  • Tokyu Flyers (1949–1953) – Tokyu (100%)
  • Toei Flyers (1954–1972) – Toei Company
  • Nittaku Home Flyers (1973) – Not directly owned by a corporation, but bore a corporate name nonetheless. The team was owned that season by Akitaka Nishimura, owner of Nittaku Home.
  • Nippon-Ham Fighters (1974–2003), Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (2004–present) – Nippon Ham
Orix Buffaloes
Saitama Seibu Lions
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Tokyo Yakult Swallows
  • Kokutetsu Swallows (1950–1965) – Japanese National Railways, known as Kokutetsu in Japanese
  • Sankei Swallows (brief period in 1965) – Sankei Shimbun
  • Sankei Atoms (1965–1968) – Sankei Shimbun
  • Atoms (1969) – Sankei Shimbun (chose to drop its corporate name from the team)
  • Yakult Atoms (1970–1973), Yakult Swallows (1974–2005), Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2006–present) – Yakult
Yokohama BayStars
  • Taiyō Whales (1950–52) – Taiyō Fishing Company (100%)
  • Taiyō-Shōchiku Robins (1953) – Taiyō and Shōchiku (50-50)
  • Yō-Shō Robins (1954) – Tai and Shōchiku (50-50)
  • Taiyō Whales (1954–1977), Yokohama Taiyō Whales (1978–1992) – Taiyō (100%)
  • Yokohama BayStars (1993–present) – Taiyō changed its name to Maruha Corporation, and chose to drop its corporate name from the team.
Yomiuri Giants

Basketball team owners

Continental Basketball Association owners

National Basketball Association owners

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
  • Herbert and Melvin Simon
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets
New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
  • Sam Battistone (1970–1985), New Orleans/Utah Jazz
  • Battistone and Larry Miller (50-50, 1985–1986)
  • Miller (100%, 1986–2009)
  • Estate of Larry Miller (2009–present)
Washington Wizards
  • David Trager (1961–1964) — Chicago Packers/Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets
  • Abe Pollin (majority owner), Earl Foreman, Arnold Heft (1964–68) — Baltimore Bullets
  • Pollin (100%, 1968–2009) — Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, Washington Wizards
  • Estate of Abe Pollin (2009–present)

Gridiron football franchise owners

National Football League owners

Arizona Cardinals
  • Chris O'Brien (1898–1929) — Morgan Athletic Club (Chicago, 1898–1899?), Racine Normals (still in Chicago, 1899?–1901), Racine Cardinals (1901–1921), Chicago Cardinals (1922–1959)
  • Dr. David Jones (1929–1933)
  • Charles Bidwill (1933–1947)
  • Violet Bidwill, later Violet Bidwill Wolfner (1947–1962) — Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals
  • Bill Bidwill and Charles Bidwill, Jr. (1962–1972)
  • Bill Bidwill (1972–present) — St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
  • George A. Richards (1934-1940)
  • Fred Mandel (1940-1948)
  • Edwin J. Anderson (1948-1964)
  • William Clay Ford, Sr. (1964-present)
Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
  • Lamar Hunt (1960–2006) — Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs
  • Hunt family, led by Clark Hunt (2006–present)
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
  • John W. Mecom, Jr. (1967–1985)
  • Tom Benson (1985–present)
New York Giants
  • The Mara Family (1925–present; 100 percent ownership, 1925–1991, 50 percent ownership since 1991)
  • The Tisch Family (1991–present; 50 percent ownership)
New York Jets
Oakland Raiders
  • Limited partnership led by Y. Charles (Chet) Soda (1960)
  • F. Wayne Valley and Ed McGah (1961-1966)
  • Valley, McGah and Al Davis (1966–1976)
  • Davis and McGah (1976-1983) - Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  • Davis (1983-present) — Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Rams
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
  • Tony Morabito, Victor Morabito, Allen E. Sorrell and E.J. Turre (1946)
  • Tony and Victor Morabito (1947-1953)
  • Morabito, Morabito, and Al Ruffo (1953-1957)
  • Josephine Morabito, Victor Morabito, and Ruffo (1957-1964)
  • Josephine Morabito, Elizabeth Morabito, and Ruffo (1964-1977)
  • Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. and Denise DeBartolo York (1977-2000)
  • Denise DeBartolo York and John York (2000-present)
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
  • Bud Adams (1960–present) — Houston/Tennessee Oilers, Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins

Canadian Football League owners

Hockey franchise owners

National Hockey League owners

Anaheim Ducks
Atlanta Thrashers
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
  • JMAC Hockey LLC
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
  • Sid Salomon, Jr., Sid Salomon III, and Robert Wolfson – 1967-1977
  • Ralston Purina – 1977-1983
  • Harry Ornest – 1983-1986
  • Michael Shanahan, Sr. – 1986-1999
  • Bill Laurie and Nancy Walton Laurie – 1999-2005
  • Dave Checketts – 2005-present
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Washington Capitals

Football (soccer) club owners


Premier League owners

Aston Villa
  • Owned by a large number of shareholders until 1968. Since that time:
  • Doug Ellis (largest single shareholder 1968–1975; majority shareholder 1982–2006)
  • Randy Lerner (2006–present)
Birmingham City
  • Birmingham City Football Club plc (largest owner: Carson Yeung)
Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Hull City
Manchester City
Manchester United
Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Football League Championship owners

  • Steve Gibson (1986–1993 as head of consortium; 1993–present as majority owner)
Newcastle United

Major League Soccer owners (USA and Canada)

Chicago Fire
Chivas USA
Colorado Rapids
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
FC Dallas
  • Hunt family, led by Clark Hunt
Houston Dynamo
Kansas City Wizards
Los Angeles Galaxy
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake
  • SCP Worldwide
San Jose Earthquakes
Toronto FC

Greek Super League owners

Olympiacos Piraeus
Panathinaikos FC

Rugby union club owners

Guinness Premiership (England)

London Wasps
Newcastle Falcons
  • John Hall (1996–1999)
  • Dave Thompson (1999–present)

Magners League

Cardiff Blues
Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster
  • All are owned and operated by the respective provincial branches of the Irish Rugby Football Union, the sport's governing body throughout the island of Ireland.
Newport Gwent Dragons

Top 14 (France)

  • Daniel Derichebourg[3]
    • Derichebourg has put the club up for sale.
Stade Français


  1. ^ "Yankees Timeline". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-06-18. "May 21, 1922: Col. Ruppert buys out Col. Huston for $1.5 million." 
  2. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (2009-12-17). "Dunn to own piece of Falcons". Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Moriarty, Ian (2009-11-11). "French rugby heading for crisis". Retrieved 2009-11-12. 


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