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NFL TV: Giants-Patriots match two best owners on Forbes list; Dolphins' Ross avoids 'Worst 10'


After watching the Dolphins make yet another attempt to attain their first victory of the season Sunday at Kansas City, South Florida TV viewers can watch two of the NFL’s top teams.

The Giants at Patriots reprise the 2008 Super Bowl matchup in the late afternoon game on Fox with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call at 4:15.

Why have these teams been among the league’s most successful in recent years while the Dolphins can’t find the winning formula. It starts at the top.

Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch were ranked as the best in the NFL this week by Forbes. The Patriots’ Robert Kraft was second on the list of top 10 owners.

According to Forbes, the value of the Giants has increased 33 percent since Mara and Tisch took control of the franchise from their fathers in 2006. The team also won Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots.

The Patriots, under Kraft, have the best winning percentage over the past five years. Forbes reported that the franchise’s value increased by 17 percent during that time.

The remainder of the Forbes list of top 10 owners: James Irsay (Colts), Public Stockholders (Packers), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Alex Spanos (Chargers), Tom Benson (Saints), Dan Rooney (Steelers), Steve Bisciotti (Ravens).

Forbes also ranked the 10 worst owners, headed by Detroit’s William Clay Ford Sr. The Lions,undergoing a resurgence at 6-2 after years of futility, were the only NFL team to lose money in 2010.

The Dolphins’ Stephen Ross avoided the list of 10 worst, which included owners of Florida’s other two teams. That may be disputed by fans who view his reign as amassing celebrity minority owners and losses on the field.

Here’s how Forbes sees the worst owners after Ford and followed by the Raiders’ recently deceased Al Davis: Ralph Wilson Jr. (Bills), Randy Lerner (Browns), Mike Brown (Bengals), Wayne Weaver (Jaguars), Hunt Family (Chiefs), Malcolm Glazer (Buccaneers), Dan Snyder (Redskins), Pat Bowlen (Broncos).

The Dolphins joined the Lions as the only teams to lose money in 2009. Forbes reported the Dolphins made a profit of nearly $13 million in 2010. That will be tough to match this year with the losses mounting and ticket sales lagging.

At least the TV blackout isn’t a concern this week for Dolphins fans still interested in watching with the team in Kansas City. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will call the game on CBS beginning at 1 p.m.

The alternative is to watch Tampa Bay at New Orleans in the early game on Fox.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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