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Best Team Owner New York 2013 - Mikhail Prokhorov

Readers' Choice: John Mara

For some reason, sports columnists love criticizing flamboyant franchise owners who treat their teams like toys. If you're one of the few humans on Earth who is lucky enough to be able to afford a sports team, you should go hog wild. Sports are fun and occasionally silly, and your owner should both know this and embody these traits. Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian oligarch who bought the then–New Jersey Nets in 2010, is the kind of owner all fans have to love. Since moving the team to Brooklyn, he's been reckless with his pocketbook, forking over astronomical luxury taxes on high-salaried players. When you treat the franchise you own like a plaything, everyone gets to enjoy it.

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