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What should we expect from pro sports franchise owners?

On the heels of the Washington Commanders sale, should we have a more favorable view of Houston’s current crop of owners?


Dan and Tanya Snyder, former co-owner and co-CEOs of the Washington Commanders who just sold the team to Josh Harris for $6.05 billion.


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Late last week, NFL owners unanimously approved Dan Snyder's sale of the Washington Commanders, and then immediately fined him $60 million after presenting findings from investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and financial misconduct.

Of course, Snyder's "punishment" was to make a tidy $5 billion-plus profit on the sale after owning the club for 24 years.

In the audio above, we discuss this development and other past examples of pro sports franchise owners who have let their fan bases down, including one who infamously took the Houston Oilers out of town, a pair of NBA owners forced to sell amid scandals, and a current NFL owner who lied publicly about his franchise’s relocation plans, leading to a $790 million settlement.

Bleav in Astros podcast co-host Jeff Balke also discusses some of Houston’s current pro sports franchise owners and how, by comparison, they might be seen more favorably than some others in their respective sports.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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