One of fans’ biggest complaints about modern pro sports is the increasing disconnect between teams and fans. A generation (and more) ago, sports teams were family-run businesses whose operations were more a labor of love than an investment opportunity. It wasn’t necessarily a better time - the “good ol” days rarely were - but it was most certainly less complicated and, often, more straightforward.
The number of teams in sports whose owners came from that older mindest have dwindled in recent years, but several still remain, mostly in the NFL - the Rooneys and McCaskeys come to mind. One such team in baseball was the San Francisco Giants, led by principal owner Sue Burns, who lost a brief battle with cancer last night at the all-too-young age of 58.