Thursday, February 13, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
The Winter Olympics kicked off last weekend in Sochi, Russia, with almost 4,000 athletes from around the world taking part. Quite frankly, I had planned to begin some reporting on the games and the U.S.’s progress in the medal hunts.
However, in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVIII, there was still a lot of dialogue (more accurately, fallout), from the contest between the Broncos and the Seahawks. I was more than mildly surprised that most persons wanted to voice their opinions about the U.S.’s number one sport rather than the Olympics. I would like to point out that I received a lot of comments on last week’s “Scoreboard” and, of course, as always I thank you.
There was no poll taken via this venue, but as reported earlier, most fans had conceded the win to Manning and the Broncos and many said they were still “in shock” and it would take a little more time to erase the “numbness.”
Most of you who read this column know that yours truly doesn’t like to “whip a dead horse,” so we will sort of skip to another part of the NFL. Have you ever wondered who the real controllers of the NFL are?
For the sake of brevity, I won’t name all owners of the 32 franchises, just the top 10 richest. In descending order, Arthur Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons and is worth $1.7 billion. Number nine is Bob McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, with a worth of $2 billion. Robert Kraft is next, worth $2.9 billion, and owns the New England Patriots. At number seven and also worth $2.9 billion is Joan Tish, who has the New York Giants. Number six is everybody’s favorite, Jerry Jones, who is worth $3 billion and his Dallas Cowboys are worth more than any other franchise (valued at $2.3 billion and still the most favored team in the NFL, according to the latest poll. Shahid Khan is next, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and worth $3.8 billion. Number four is Malcolm Glazer, reportedly worth $4.5 billion and in addition to owning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owns Manchester United, Great Briton’s most valued soccer team ($3 billion). Stephen Ross is third at $4.8 billion and has Serena and Venus Williams as minority owners in his Miami Dolphins. Stanley Kroenke owns the St. Louis Rams, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. Kroenke has to relinquish majority ownership in the Nuggets this year because of an NFL rule which prohibits majority holdings in more than one NFL venue. Kroenke is worth $5.3 billion.
Number one is Paul Allen, worth $5.8 billion. He owns the Portland Trailblazers along with the new NFL champions.
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