List of professional sports team owners

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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.

Association football club owners[edit]


Premier League owners[edit]

Aston Villa
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic

Football League Championship owners[edit]

Newcastle United


Major League Soccer owners[edit]

Chicago Fire
Chivas USA
Colorado Rapids
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo
Los Angeles Galaxy
Montreal Impact
New England Revolution
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
Philadelphia Union
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders FC
Sporting Kansas City
Toronto FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

North American Soccer League owners[edit]

Current Clubs[edit]
Atlanta Silverbacks
Carolina RailHawks
FC Edmonton
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Indy Eleven
Minnesota United FC
New York Cosmos
Ottawa Fury FC
San Antonio Scorpions
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Planned Expansion Clubs[edit]
Jacksonville Armada FC
Oklahoma City
Virginia Cavalry FC

Italian Serie A owners[edit]


Greek Superleague owners[edit]

Olympiacos Piraeus
Panathinaikos FC

Auto racing owners & team principals[edit]

Formula One team principals[edit]

(Listed by Constructor)

Caterham F1
Force India-Ferrari
Lotus F1
Marussia F1
Mercedes Grand Prix
Red Bull-Renault
Scuderia Toro Rosso

IndyCar Series team owners[edit]

A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Andretti Autosport
Bryan Herta Autosport
CFH Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing

Dale Coyne Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
KV Racing Technology
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Sam Schmidt Motorsports

Team Penske

NASCAR Sprint Cup team owners[edit]

BK Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Circle Sport Racing
FAS Lane Racing
Front Row Motorsports
Furniture Row Racing
Germain Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
HScott Motorsports
Leavine Family Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
JTG Daugherty Racing
Michael Waltrip Racing
Penske Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Richard Petty Motorsports
Roush Fenway Racing
Swan Racing
Stewart Haas Racing
Tommy Baldwin Racing
Wood Brothers Racing

Baseball franchise owners[edit]

Major League Baseball owners[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
Miami Marlins
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[edit]

In Japanese baseball, teams are traditionally owned by companies and bear that company's name. Only one team in recent years has not borne a corporate name—the Yokohama BayStars went without a corporate name from 1993 through 2011 because its owner chose 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
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Orix Buffaloes
Saitama Seibu Lions
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Yokohama DeNA BayStars
Yomiuri Giants

Basketball team owners[edit]

National Basketball Association owners[edit]

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Gridiron football franchise owners[edit]

National Football League owners[edit]

Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
Oakland Raiders

Note: This list reflects the actual control of the franchise. The ownership structure is considerably more complicated. Notably, it was reported that Al Davis owned only a 47% stake in the team when he died in 2011, although he exercised near-total control as the president of the team's general partner. His widow Carol and son Mark inherited his interest in the team, with Mark exercising day-to-day control. See the relevant section of the team article for more details.

Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Rams
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins

Canadian Football League owners[edit]

Hockey franchise owners[edit]

National Hockey League owners[edit]

Anaheim Ducks
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
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
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets

Rugby Football club owners[edit]

Aviva Premiership (England)[edit]

Newcastle Falcons
Sale Sharks

National Rugby League[edit]

Brisbane Broncos
Melbourne Storm
Newcastle Knights
South Sydney Rabbitohs

Guinness Pro12[edit]

Aironi (operated from 2010–12; now defunct)
Benetton Treviso
Cardiff Blues
Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster
Newport Gwent Dragons
Zebre (took Aironi's place in the league in 2012)

Top 14 (France)[edit]

Racing Métro
Stade Français


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