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Lightning Bolt: Jeff Vinik Named Best Owner In Tampa History

Lightning Owner JEFF VINIK has been deemed the best owner of a Tampa area pro sports team by the TAMPA BAY TIMES' John Romano, who writes it is "impossible to argue" with Vinik's results since he bought the team in '10. Vinik has "become a valuable community asset, he spends money on the team, and he doesn’t meddle in the team’s affairs on the ice." That is "pretty much the definition of a perfect owner." Romano: "You could make a strong argument that Vinik is currently the best owner in all of professional sports." Vinik is followed on the list by Rays Principal Owner STU STERNBERG (No. 2), late former Lightning Owner BILL DAVIDSON (No. 3) and the Buccaneers' GLAZER family (No. 4) (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/29).

BEST PRO SPORTS TEAM OWNERS IN TAMPA HISTORY
RANK
OWNER
TEAM
TENURE
1)
Jeff Vinik
Lightning
2010-present
2)
Stu Sternberg
Rays
2005-present
3)
Bill Davidson
Lightning
1999-2008
4)
Glazer family
Buccaneers
1995-present
5)
Vince Naimoli
Devil Rays
1995-2005
6)
Art Williams
Lightning
1998-1999
7)
Hugh Culverhouse
Buccaneers
1974-1995
8)
Tom McCloskey
Buccaneers
1974
9)
Kokusai Green
Lightning
1991-1998
10)
Oren Koules & Len Barrie
Lightning
2008-2010
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