Who owns what -- Part I
Here's a story I've wanted to post for quite some time. I just haven't had time to do all the research.
What kind of guy owns an NHL franchise?
It's a question we in Kansas City should be asking. Why? Because it looks like the only way we are going to get an NHL team is to get a locally-based owner to purchase a franchise with the sole intent of moving that franchise out of its current market and into KC (assuming, of course, that 34-year old Samuel Fingold doesn't do that with the Pens, which you know I believe he will leave them in Pittsburgh with a new Igloo).
The list is not quite complete. More later...
Anaheim -- Henry Samueli, Founder & CEO of Broadcom. Also operates the Honda Center (formerly Arrowhead Pond). Is an Orange County native.
Boston -- Jeremy Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North, an international food service and hospitality company.
Buffalo -- Tom Golisano, CEO of Rochester-based Paychex.
Carolina -- Peter Karamanos, CEO of Compuware. Also operates RBC Center where the 'canes play.
Chicago -- Bill Wirtz. Worst owner in professional sports. Owns Chicagoland liquor stores and other real estate interests. Also co-owns United Center with Jerry Reinsdorf.
Colorado -- Stan Kroenke, married a Wal-Mart heir. Also owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets, NLL Colorado Mammoth and owns and operates Pepsi Center.
Columbus -- John H. and John P. McDonnell, founder of Worthington Industries, steel processing and manufacturer of metal-related products. Also is co-owner of an AFL team and operates Nationwide Arena
Detroit -- Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesar's Pizza.
Los Angeles -- our friends at AEG. Also own about 50% of MLS (which is a good thing...love MLS...now get us a soccer-specific stadium in KC like Home Depot Center)
Minnesota -- Several investors operated by Bob Naegele, Jr. who once owned 50% of Rollerblade.
Montreal -- George Gillett, an American, CEO of Swift Meats and other meat-related food businesses, Northland Services, a marine transportation business, car dealerships and a landscaping and garden products business. Also owns Bell Centre (got to use the Canadian spelling...)
Nashville -- Craig Leipold, entrepreneur founded Ameritel, a B2B telemarketing firm and purchased Rainfair, a manufacturer of protective clothing and footwear. Also operates Gaylord Entertainment Center.
New York Rangers -- MSG owns the team and the Knicks. James Dolan is CEO and hired Isiah Thomas to run his basketball team...'nuf said.
New Jersey Devils -- Jeff Vanderbeek, former Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.
New York Islanders -- Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar, CEOs of Computer Associates. Plans to refurbish Nassau County Coliseum are almost 100% approved.
Ottawa -- Eugene Melnyk, CEO of Biovail, a large pharmaceutical company that makes Wellbutrin.
Philadelphia -- Comcast owns the team, Ed Snider is President.
St. Louis -- Dave Checketts, former CEO of Madison Square Garden, is the new owner as of a few months ago.
Vancouver -- John McCaw and Francesco Aquilini. McCaw is co-founder of McCaw Communications and McCaw Cellular, Aquilini is the head of a family-owned real estate investment firm (commericial, residential, and golf courses).
Washington -- Ted Leonisis, Vice Chairman of AOL.
That is just a sampling of the type of guys that own NHL teams.
I'll fill in the rest of the teams later.