With the passing of George Steinbrenner, I decided to start a collaborative project that compiled some of the greatest team owners/managers in sports. Nominate the person who you believe had an influential effect on a team or sport and explain their major contribution to sports management. It can be any manager/owner in any sport.
1) Owner/manager: George Steinbrenner (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010)
His/her controbution: George was a pioneer to the game of major league baseball. His nickname “The Boss”, truly summed up this modern day icon. He was an outspoken character that had a big love for the New York Yankee's and the game of baseball. He and a group of investors bought the Yankee's for 8.8 million dollars in 1973. Over the last four decades, he turned that 8.8 million dollars into over one billion dollars of net worth. He is widely known for increasing salaries paid to professional players and for innovating new ways to increase his team's revenue. One major contribution was his idea behind the YES network. George realized that his team needed another way to increase cash flow. This is when he sold the cable TV rights to the MSG network. A deal that was an estimated profit of nearly one hundred million dollars to the Yankee's. This sale ensured that the franchise would stay recession proof even if attendance should drop. This deal revolutionized the way that owners and managers did business and increased cap room. George Steinbrenner will be remembered as a business man, a manager who cared about his players, and a fan of the New York Yankee's.
And yes, it hurts me to acknowledge this being that I am a Chicago Cubs fan!
Author: Nicholas Witmer
2) Owner/manager: John Wooden - (10-14-1910) -- (6-4-2010)
His/her controbution: Wooden is most known for coaching basketball at UCLA. He won 10 national chanmpionships.
John Wooden received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor.
He has written 7 books
John Woodens 7 point creed - 1. Be true to yourself, 2. Make each day your masterpiece, 3. Help others, 4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the bible, 5. Make friendship a fine art, 6. Build a shelter against a rainy day, 7. Pray for guidance.
Author: Caleb Christie
3) Owner/manger: Tex Schramm
His/her controbution: He’s the original president and GM of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. He played an instrumental role in the AFL NFL merger and the development of the Super Bowl. He got things started by meeting with the AFL owner Lamar Hunt to begin negotiations. Modern professional sports cheerleading can be dated back to Tex Schramm changing how cheerleading was done with the Dallas Cowboys.
“Schramm was also known for his innovations that helped redefine the modern NFL. These include instant replay, using computer technology in scouting, multi-color striping of the 20- and 50-yard lines, 30-second clock between plays, extra-wide sideline borders, wind-direction stripes on the goal post uprights, the referee's microphone, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. While leading the league's Competition Committee, he oversaw rules changes such as using overtime in the regular season, putting the official time on the scoreboard, moving goalposts from the front of the end zone to the back and protecting quarterbacks through the in-the-grasp rule. Schramm's desire for a more comprehensive scouting combine led to the annual offseason NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.” Retrieved from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex_Schramm
Undoubtedly, the NFL would look completely different from what it does today without the contributions of Tex Schramm.
Author: Brady Hazen
4) Owner/manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
His/her controbution: Sir Alex has been coaching/ manageing Soccer teams professionally since 1974. His most noticable accomplishments is the re-establishment of Manchester United where he has managed the team since 1986. During his time with the team, he has made the club a global icon for soccer. he has coachedand developed stars such as david beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, and Roy Keane. In the 1998-1999 season, Manchester United won "the Treble" which had never been done before which was the winning of the League title, the FA Cup, and the Champions League. During his 24 years as the Manchester United Manager, he has won 11 league titles, and a total of 32 trophies.
Author: Charles Dolieta
5) Owner/manager: Bobby Cox, Manager of the Atlanta Braves
His contribution: Bobby Cox is one of the longest standing managers in Major League Baseball with close to three decades under his belt (29 years to be exact). He has spent over 25 of his 29 years with one team - the Atlanta Braves. Bobby Cox is set to retire at the end of this season, and he will be missed by us Atlanta Braves' fans. He leaves us to cherish a World Series Championship, 15 Divisional Titles, and 5 National Pennants. He will definitely be remembered as one of the greatest (if not the best) manager in baseball in our lifetime.
Author: Eric K. Johnson
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