Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Gain Access Now


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Value Picks
Player Comparisons
News and Alerts

Sell The Team! Ranking The NFL's Five Worst Owners

Daniel Snyder - NFL Owner Washington Commanders

A bad NFL owner is typically characterized by a combination of factors that hinder the success and stability of the franchise they oversee. In this article, we will take a closer look at the NFL's five worst owners.

A good owner can provide stability, vision, and resources to build a successful team, while a bad owner can create chaos and dysfunction with poor decision-making or a too-frugal financial approach. The five owners on this list have been identified as some of the worst in the NFL, due to their poor track record of running their respective franchises.

From meddling in personnel decisions to failing to invest in their teams financially, the owners on this list have routinely made missteps that have negatively impacted their franchises on and off the field. Some have simply struggled to build a winning culture, while others have alienated their fanbases with their behavior and comments. In this ranking of the five worst owners in the NFL, we will take a closer look at each of these five owners in more detail, and explore their - largely negative - impact on their teams and the league as a whole.

Featured Promo: Looking for some fantasy football action? Join a dynasty startup league over at FFPC. Sign up today and get $25 off any FFPC league. FFPC is the leader in dynasty leagues and has standard, superflex and best ball formats. Dynasty not your thing? No worries, FFPC has Best Ball leagues as well. Join A League Today!


#5. Jimmy Haslam III, Cleveland Browns

Jimmy Haslam promised change for the long down-trodden Browns when he bought the team from Randy Lerner in 2012. However, it's been more of the same for the struggling Cleveland franchise during Haslam's tenure, as the organization has gone a woeful 59-118-1 in his 11 years at the head of the table.

Haslam's ownership tenure has been marked by losing on the field and bad decisions off it. The Browns have hired five head coaches during Haslam's time owning the team, four of whom were fired and have subsequently never been NFL head coaches again. The fifth - current Cleveland HC Kevin Stefanski - has squeaked out a winning record (26-24) at the helm of the Browns, though he's now suffered two consecutive losing seasons since going 11-5 during the 2020 COVID campaign.

While the coaches put in position by Haslam have been largely underqualified to run a team, they haven't had much help from the organization's player personnel decisions. The team's draft picks and trades have been largely disastrous, and include a litany of disappointing players selected in the first round, including Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, and Justin Gilbert.

As if the horrible coaching hires and terrible draft choices weren't enough, Haslam most recently led the charge to bring disgraced and controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson to Cleveland in a package that included sending three first-round draft picks to the Houston Texans and inking Watson to a contract with $230 million full guaranteed.


#4. Dean Spanos, Los Angeles Chargers

Nepotism seems to be a recurring theme when talking about some of the NFL's worst owners and that's the case with Dean Spanos, who inherited the Chargers franchise from his father, Alex Spanos.

Owners that move their teams are always the target of hate from hometown fans and Spanos has certainly drawn the ire of the San Diego faithful for moving the Chargers to Los Angeles in 2017. San Diego was the Chargers' home since 1961, but Spanos relocated the franchise when attempts at building a new, tax-payer-funded stadium in San Diego repeatedly fell through.

Instead of working for a resolution in their home base of nearly six decades, or simply putting up the financing for a stadium himself, the notoriously-thrifty Spanos opted for the financial benefits of sharing a stadium with the Rams in L.A., where visiting fans routinely take over the Chargers' "home" games.

In addition to spurning an entire community, the Spanos-led Bolts have routinely put a mediocre product on the field, despite having the services of players such as Phillip Rivers, LaDanian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates for extended periods of time. That legacy of underachieving has now extended to a current Chargers core that includes Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen.

#3. Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins

Not only have the Miami Dolphins only made two playoff appearances during Stephen Ross' 14 years as the owner of the beloved franchise, but his tenure as the Chairman and Managing Partner of the 'Fins has been marked by controversy, questionable practices, and ineptitude of epic proportions.

Ross has reached a level of infamy among NFL owners for his sleazy tactics. An allegation from former Miami head coach Brian Flores - who overachieved with a pitiful Dolphins roster - that Ross offered him a bribe to tank games in 2019 in order to land a high draft pick, led to Flores filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.

In an investigation stemming from that lawsuit, it was discovered that Ross had impermissible communications with both Tom Brady and Sean Payton, which led to a $1.5 million fine and six-month suspension for Ross, as well as the loss of a 2023 first-round draft pick for his team. Ross' poor decision-making and willingness to bend or even outright break the rules have led to legal ramifications for the NFL, while also putting the Dolphins at a competitive disadvantage on the field.


#2. Cal McNair, Houston Texans

Another bumbling buffoon that's running an NFL franchise simply thanks to his DNA, D. Cal McNair doesn't technically own the Houston Texans yet - his mother Janice McNair still owns the team - but Cal has been running the day-to-day of the organization since his father Bob McNair passed away in 2018. The results haven't been pretty.

While it's not fair to pin the incredibly disturbing off-field behavior of former franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson on McNair, we can safely lay the blame for numerous other bone-headed decisions at the feet of the 61-year-old Texans CEO, including giving former head coach Bill O'Brien free reign in what amounted to a dual-role as HC and GM.

Under McNair's watch, O'Brien made one of the worst trades in NFL history, sending franchise cornerstone DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for injury-riddled running back David Johnson and a second-round pick. It was just one of multiple egregious trades made by O'Brien who often spent numerous draft picks on veteran players, seemingly without care for Houston's future.

When McNair and the Texans finally did rid themselves of O'Brien, it kickstarted a coaching carousel on the sidelines, a power vacuum in the front office, and horrible play on the field. Houston has gone a combined 11-38-1 since 2020 and is set to have their fifth head coach in four years with DeMeco Ryans in 2023.


#1. Daniel Snyder, Washington Commanders

Daniel Snyder not only earns the top spot on this list of the NFL's worst current owners but there's a legitimate argument that he's one of the most awful sports franchise owners of all time. Thankfully for Washington fans, it appears as though his 23-year reign of terror at the helm of one of the NFL's most iconic teams is about to come to an end, as Snyder is reportedly close to selling the franchise, in a move that many speculate was a way for him to avoid being pushed out of the league altogether.

You name it and Snyder has done it, well, except if the "it" is winning. After buying the successful franchise from Jack Kent Cooke in 1999, Snyder proceeded to run the once-proud Washington club in the ground with a carousel of coaching changes, ill-fated free-agent signings, and curious draft picks that's led to just two playoff game wins since he purchased the team.

Snyder routinely made himself the target of fan hatred by coming up with ridiculous schemes that have included suing season-ticket holders, being the first NFL owner to charge an admission price to watch training camp practices, refusing to maintain one of the NFL's worst stadiums and playing surfaces, while literally, allowing fans to be doused by what was believed to be raw sewage. You can't make this stuff up.

While many of the billionaire's greed-driven schemes have rightfully drawn the ire of the Washington faithful, there's also been a more sinister side to his tenure at the helm of the organization.

Snyder fought for years to keep Washington's longtime nickname, which had been considered a cultural relic that was both offensive and hurtful to Native Americans. He has also been alleged to have created and participated in a toxic workplace culture within his organization, which has allegedly included sexual harassment of team cheerleaders and female employees who have worked for the franchise.

Numerous investigations into Snyder's alleged organizational financial and cultural misconduct led to an honest-to-goodness federal inquiry, as well as a $10 million fine from the NFL. The much-maligned Washington owner is reportedly actively searching for a buyer and accepting bids for the Commanders as of this writing. The only downside to the team's eventual sale is that the slimey Snyder will make billions in profit on his initial $800 million purchase of the franchise.

UPDATE: Snyder has reportedly finalized a deal to sell the Washington franchise to a group led by Josh Harris for $6.05 billion.

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy football app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, rankings, starts/sits & more. All free!

Win More With RotoBaller

Be sure to also check out all of our other daily fantasy football articles and analysis to help you set those winning lineups, including this new RotoBaller YouTube video:

More Fantasy Football Analysis


Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Value Picks
Player Comparisons
News and Alerts


Edwin Díaz2 hours ago

Edwin Diaz Open To Moving From Closer Role For Mets
Michael Thomas3 hours ago

Reportedly Contacted By Pittsburgh
Brian Robinson Jr.3 hours ago

Still Considered "Top Back" By Some
MLB3 hours ago

Padres-Braves Postponed On Saturday
Cam Akers3 hours ago

Possibly Working Toward A Return
Tank Dell4 hours ago

Running Routes
Josh Hart6 hours ago

Expected To Play In Game 7
Luka Doncic6 hours ago

Available For Game 6
Jamal Murray6 hours ago

Questionable For Game 7
OG Anunoby6 hours ago

Officially Questionable For Game 7
Josh Hart6 hours ago

On The Injury Report For Game 7
Luka Doncic9 hours ago

Remains Probable For Game 6
OG Anunoby9 hours ago

Already Ruled Out For Game 7
Alex Cobb9 hours ago

Shut Down From Throwing
Elias Díaz10 hours ago

Elias Diaz Remains Sidelined
Nico Hoerner10 hours ago

Remains Out Of Lineup Again On Saturday
Brandon Nimmo11 hours ago

Returns To Starting Lineup
Joe Musgrove12 hours ago

In "A Great Spot For Sunday"
Byron Buxton12 hours ago

Reinstated From Injured List
DJ LeMahieu12 hours ago

Unlikely To Join Yankees Next Week
Blake Snell12 hours ago

Fans 10 In Rehab Start
Grayson Rodriguez12 hours ago

Reinstated And Starting Saturday
Davis Schneider12 hours ago

Hitting Leadoff Again
Sean Murphy16 hours ago

To Begin Rehab Assignment Tuesday
Travis d'Arnaud16 hours ago

Travis D'Arnaud Diagnosed With Head Contusion
Gustav Forsling21 hours ago

Sends Florida To Eastern Conference Finals
Jamie Benn22 hours ago

Scores Big Goal In Series-Clinching Victory
Matt Duchene22 hours ago

Ends Second-Round Series With Overtime Winner
Jake Oettinger22 hours ago

Leads Stars To Western Conference Final
Sergei Bobrovsky22 hours ago

Stellar In Game 6 Win
Anton Lundell22 hours ago

Comes Up Huge In Series-Clinching Win
José Ramírez23 hours ago

Jose Ramirez Cracks Go-Ahead Home Run
Jhoan Duran23 hours ago

Saddled With First Loss
Emmanuel Clase23 hours ago

Shuts Door For 13th Save
Aaron Judge24 hours ago

Keeps Rolling With 12th Homer
Gunnar Henderson24 hours ago

Homers, Triples Against Seattle
Zack Wheeler24 hours ago

Registers Seventh Quality Start
Willson Contreras1 day ago

Gets Cast Removed
T.J. Hockenson1 day ago

Won't Put A Timeline On His Recovery
TOR1 day ago

Maple Leafs Bring In Craig Berube As New Head Coach
Nick Cousins1 day ago

Re-Enters Panthers Lineup Friday
Yakov Trenin1 day ago

Considered Day-To-Day
Tyler Seguin1 day ago

Good To Go Friday
Roope Hintz1 day ago

Remains Out For Game 6
Brad Marchand1 day ago

A Game-Time Call Friday
San Francisco 49ers1 day ago

Dre Greenlaw Ditches Walking Boot
Najee Harris1 day ago

Slims Down With Diet Change
Tua Tagovailoa1 day ago

Mostly Absent From Offseason Workouts
Lerone Murphy1 day ago

Looks To Remain Undefeated
Carlston Harris1 day ago

Set For Co-Main Event
Khaos Williams1 day ago

Faces Carlston Harris In The Co-Main Event Of UFC Vegas 92
Angela Hill1 day ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 92
Luana Pinheiro2 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
Donovan Mitchell2 days ago

Will Meet With Cavaliers "At The Right Time"
Evan Mobley2 days ago

Likely To Get Max Extension
Nikola Jokic2 days ago

Drops 22 Points In Loss
Jaden McDaniels2 days ago

Scores 21 Points In Game 6 Win
Bruce Brown2 days ago

Reportedly On The Trade Block
Anthony Edwards2 days ago

Leads All Scorers In Blowout Win
J.T. Miller2 days ago

Scores Dramatic Game-Winner
Leon Draisaitl2 days ago

Extends Postseason-Opening Point Streak With An Assist
Ilya Mikheyev2 days ago

Dealing With Undisclosed Injury
Sebastian Aho2 days ago

Notches Two Points In Game 6 Loss
Jack Roslovic2 days ago

Ends Dry Spell With Two Helpers
Artemi Panarin2 days ago

Records Two Assists In Series-Clincher
Chris Kreider2 days ago

Joins Special List With Third-Period Hat Trick
Scottie Scheffler2 days ago

Detained By Louisville Police Following Traffic Incident
Brad Marchand2 days ago

Hopes To Return To Action In Game 6
Brett Pesce2 days ago

Remains Out On Thursday
Cleveland Cavaliers2 days ago

Cavaliers Will Evaluate Their Backcourt
Mike Conley2 days ago

Expected To Play In Game 6
Robert Tonyan2 days ago

Signs With Vikings
Vinicius Salvador3 days ago

Moves Up To Bantamweight At UFC Vegas 92
Adrian Yanez3 days ago

Looks To Snap Losing Skid At UFC Vegas 92
Themba Gorimbo3 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 92
Ramiz Brahimaj3 days ago

Ends Layoff At UFC Vegas 92
Edson Barboza3 days ago

Headlines UFC Vegas 92
Josh Giddey3 days ago

Provides 11 Points In Bench Role
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander3 days ago

Puts Up 30 Points In Game 5 Loss
Dereck Lively3 days ago

II Registers Double-Double Off The Bench
Luka Doncic3 days ago

Leads Mavericks In Game 5 With 30-Point Triple-Double
Derrick White3 days ago

Bounces Back Wednesday Night
Al Horford3 days ago

Stuffs Stat Sheet In Game 5 Win
Pittsburgh Steelers3 days ago

Cameron Heyward Plans To Hold Out As He Seeks Extension
Tee Higgins3 days ago

Growing Frustrated With Bengals
NFL3 days ago

Netflix Christmas Day Games Announced
New York Giants3 days ago

Giants To Be Featured On Hard Knocks
NFL3 days ago

International Games Revealed For 2024 Season
D'Andre Swift3 days ago

Could Be Used Often In Passing Game
Kirk Cousins4 days ago

Jogging, Throwing During OTAs
Sepp Straka4 days ago

In Excellent Form For PGA Championship
Tom Kim4 days ago

Trending In The Right Direction For PGA Championship
PGA4 days ago

Can Tyrell Hatton Put It All Together At PGA Championship?
Jordan Spieth4 days ago

Needs Consistency At PGA Championship
Joaquin Niemann4 days ago

To Continue Playing Well At Valhalla?
Collin Morikawa4 days ago

Rounding Into Form Heading To Valhalla
Scottie Scheffler4 days ago

Returns To Action For PGA Championship
Russell Henley4 days ago

An Interesting Name At PGA Championship
Martavis Bryant4 days ago

To Work Out For Commanders
Jahmyr Gibbs4 days ago

Could Have Bigger Role In 2024
Corey Conners4 days ago

A Real Dark Horse At PGA Championship
PGA4 days ago

Can Sungjae Im Keep The Momentum At Valhalla?
Dean Burmester4 days ago

Comes Back To PGA Championship
Stephan Jaeger4 days ago

Final Round Last Week Is Troubling
Keegan Bradley4 days ago

Still A Longer Shot For Valhalla
Shane Lowry4 days ago

In For Long Week At PGA Championship
PGA4 days ago

Alex Noren Has Been Very Consistent In 2024
Akshay Bhatia4 days ago

Eager To Take On Valhalla
Tony Finau4 days ago

The Tony Finau Roller Coaster To Continue In Louisville
Cincinnati Bengals4 days ago

Trey Hendrickson Committed To The Bengals
Matt Fitzpatrick4 days ago

Looking For Consistency En Route To Valhalla
Kansas City Chiefs4 days ago

Chiefs To Start Title Defense Against Ravens
NFL4 days ago

Jets-49ers To Face Off On Monday Night In Week 1
Wyndham Clark4 days ago

Looks To Right His Rough PGA Championship History
Ludvig Aberg4 days ago

On Track To Play In PGA Championship
Brad Keselowski5 days ago

Snaps Winless Streak With Second Darlington Victory
NASCAR5 days ago

Bubba Wallace Earns Much-Needed Good Finish At Darlington
Denny Hamlin5 days ago

Sees Positives In Below-Average Day At Darlington
Justin Haley5 days ago

Gets Best-Ever Finish For Rick Ware Racing
Kyle Larson5 days ago

Wins Stage, but Crashes Out at Darlington Due to Cut Tire
Todd Gilliland5 days ago

Slow Pit Stops Foil Todd Gilliland at Darlington Despite Impressive Speed
Chris Buescher5 days ago

Taken Out of Win, but Increased Aggression Working for Him
Ryan Blaney5 days ago

Despite Crash, Ryan Blaney Had One of His Best Darlington Runs
Joaquin Buckley5 days ago

Extends Win Streak
Nursulton Ruziboev5 days ago

Suffers Unanimous-Decision Loss
Carlos Ulberg5 days ago

Stuns With 12-Second Knockout
Alonzo Menifield5 days ago

Knocked Out In The First Round At UFC St. Louis
Alex Caceres5 days ago

Drops Decision Matchup
Sean Woodson5 days ago

Extends Win Streak
Michael McDowell6 days ago

Finishes 10th at Darlington Raceway
Chase Briscoe6 days ago

Delivers Value In DFS At Darlington Raceway





Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: ADP Analysis for 2024

Fantasy football never sleeps at RotoBaller! With early 2024 best ball drafts already taking place, we're digging into the ADP of fantasy football's most impactful players. NFL Network contributor and RotoBaller analyst LaQuan dives into the early ADP of some popular fantasy options. Find out which notable fantasy football contributors are rising up 2024 draft... Read More


UFL Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 8: QB, RB, WR, TE Rankings and Analysis (2024)

Week 7's UFL action did not disappoint, as the game of the week between St. Louis and Birmingham came down to the wire and delivered some impressive fantasy outings. The Renegades grabbed their first win of the season in an explosive 47-point offensive showing, the Panthers featured two new quarterbacks, and the Brahmas won a... Read More


Free UFL Betting Picks - Best Bets, Odds, Predictions for Week 8

Another 5-3 week is nothing to be upset about. Plus, that was a fun week to kick back and watch from a results standpoint. The Renegades grab their first win of the season in dominant fashion, the Stallions beat the Battlehawks in a game that lived up to the expectations and gave positive tidings for... Read More

Christian McCaffrey - Fantasy Football Rankings, DFS and Betting Picks, NFL Injury News

Early PPR Rankings for 2024 Fantasy Football Drafts: Justin Jefferson, Josh Jacobs, Stefon Diggs, Trey McBride, Malik Nabers, Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Hey, RotoBallers! The 2024 NFL Draft is over, and it's an exciting time for football as players are starting to report to offseason workouts. The heart of fantasy football draft season is around the corner. Week 1 will be here before we know it, and it's never too early to start preparing for your fantasy... Read More

Jaylen Wright - Fantasy Football Rankings, College FB, RB, NFL Draft Sleepers

Fantasy Football Dynasty League Rookie/Free-Agent Draft Review: FFPC Deeper Targets

In the offseason and preseason, as soon as the NFL Draft is over, I eagerly jump into slow fantasy football drafts. I am a big fan of the slow draft format. It extends the fun over many days and always gives me something to look forward to throughout the day. Waking up to find out... Read More

Chase Brown - Fantasy Football Rankings, Waiver Wire Pickups, Draft Sleepers

Second-Year Fantasy Football Players Who Will Break Out in 2024 - Sophomore Bounce-Back Candidates

For many years, fantasy football players tried their best to avoid rookies in drafts. Recently, it's become more common for rookies to make an impact. We've seen players like Ja’Marr Chase, Ezekiel Elliott, and Saquon Barkley finish in the top five at their positions. Even last year, we saw C.J. Stroud and Puka Nacua emerge... Read More


UFL DFS Lineup Picks: DraftKings Daily Fantasy Fantasy Advice for Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of the inaugural UFL season, RotoBallers! The Birmingham Stallions won the battle of the titans over St. Louis in Week 7, so they'll be taking their undefeated record into a home matchup against the Houston Roughnecks this week. The Stallions are 16.5-point favorites, so there's a chance we see a good... Read More

Changing Of The Guard at Tight End? 2024 Fantasy Football TE Rankings Analysis

The fantasy football grind is year-round at RotoBaller! As early best ball drafts are already getting underway, we're putting together our early rankings for 2024 fantasy football. RotoBaller's David Rispoli digs into our latest Tight End rankings for 2024. Is it time for a changing of the guard at the TE positon? Our 2024 rankings... Read More

Michael Florio's Football Show - Podcast RotoBaller Network

Florio's Football Show: Late Round Targets!

Michael F. Florio is back and so is best ball season! If you are drafting in best ball, you need some targets for the later rounds. Florio gives you his favorites at each position! Plus, he talks why it is smart to wait on RBs even if you grab one in the early rounds. Get... Read More

Buy Low? Five Massively Undervalued Players in 2024 Fantasy Football Drafts

The football season never stops at RotoBaller! With early 2024 best ball drafts already taking place, we're digging into the ADP of fantasy football's most impactful players. NFL Network contributor and RotoBaller analyst LaQuan dives into the early ADP of some popular fantasy options. While these players are great, they are currently being massively undervalued... Read More

Jermaine Burton - Fantasy Football Rankings, College FB, WR, NFL Draft Sleepers

2024 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: 10-Team Superflex Round 3

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back here cooking up some hot football analysis with the freshest ingredients in the NFL. That’s right, we’re talking rookies just in time for your rookie drafts. Today, we have the third round of our 10-team half-PPR Superflex mock draft. I have assigned pick ranges to these... Read More

Rashee Rice - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL wr, Draft Sleepers

Top Wide Receiver Position Battles For 2024 Fantasy Football

The 2024 NFL season is still months away. Therefore, fantasy football players have plenty of time to prepare for their redraft leagues. However, fantasy football is a year-round game. There are new dynasty startup drafts and best ball leagues underway every day. While casual fantasy football players don’t have to worry about their team until... Read More

Nick Chubb - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

2024 Fantasy Football - Five Injured Players to Sell in Dynasty Leagues

Injuries are no fun. They can ruin players' careers and leave us wondering what might have been. Sadly, it’s part of the game. For fantasy football players, injuries can get old fast. Nothing saps the life out of your team more than watching star after star fall to injury. If you’re a dynasty fantasy football... Read More