Should owners buy teams to make a profit or to win games? There are certainly owners on both sides. Some owners, the Mark Cubans, Jerry Joneses, Steinbrenners, Dan Snyders, etc will spend whatever it takes to win, or at least to try to win. Others like Robert Sarver, Donald Sterling, Jeffrey Loria, etc would sacrifice talent to save a dime. Who is in the right? Well, it seems to me that those owners who spend exorbitant amounts might lose in the short term, but a winning team inevitably brings more fans and bigger profits in the end. Of course, some of these teams (like the Yankees) are helped by historical successes, but history shows that the best way to make money is to put a winning team on the field. And, the best way to do this is for the owner to spend the money needed, so in essence there is a circular effect. As stated previously, I don’t think owners should buy teams to make a profit. Invest in something else if money’s the only motive. I also don’t think every team has to spend a fortune, but why own a sports team if you’re only committed to making a few bucks. There seem to be plenty of other industries with better returns for that. Here are a couple articles on two of the most penny-pinching owners.