Do athletes make good team owners? Well, at the very least, pro athletes (successful ones, anyway) do gain a certain kind of experience that very few people have. They know what it feels like to win and, theoretically, what it takes to win. Moreover, you would think that, having played themselves, they could bridge any sort of gap that should happen to exist between players and management. I mean, it’s not like a player on an athlete-owned team could say, “man, that dude doesn’t know what we do.”
Of course, this is all theoretical. It should be abundantly clear by now that great players don’t necessarily know how to run a team. (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Isiah Thomas.) So while it can be great for PR to bring in a former star athlete as part of your ownership group, it’s not necessarily a great idea to give them a lot of authority.
But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a list of 11 former or current pro athletes who have become owners. Some have been very successful, others not so much.