S.I. Owner Rankings: Henry, Werner, Lucchino Pace MLB

May 12, 2009 - 12:21 pm

Sports Illustrated released its annual rankings of the owners in each sport. Locally, the Red Sox ownership group of John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino landed at the top of the Major League Baseball heap, while Robert Kraft ranked second among NFL owners, behind the Rooney Family. The rankings, by the website's own admission, were unscientific.

The method was not scientific but based on numerous factors, some of which are indisputable and some of which are intangible. Among the criteria used to evaluate owners was the willingness to spend money to improve the team; the stability and capabilities of the front office and management; the amenities at the team's venue; and the club's culture and interactivity with fans. Of course, weighing heavily in the decision was the team's success or failure on the field.
The Celtics' owners are not listed, but given how unflattering all of the pictures of their hoops colleagues are, that might not be a bad thing. Bruins owners also didn't make the list.