Jewish Owners, Coaches, and Executives in Sports

February 26, 2012  

Here is a list of prominent commissioners, managers/coaches, and owners.

Roman Abramovich


Red Auerbach

Mark Cuban

Bruce Pearl

David Stern
  • Roman Abramovich, Russia, owner of Chelsea Football Club
  • Leslie Alexander, US, owner of Houston Rockets; former owner of Houston Comets
  • Ray Arcel, US, boxing trainer; trained 18 world champions
  • Micky Arison, Israel/US, owner of Miami Heat
  • Red Auerbach, US, guard, NBA coach (9 championships) & GM, Hall of Fame
  • Big Bill Bachrach, US, swimming coach, International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Gary Bettman, US, National Hockey League Commissioner
  • Morris “Whitey” Bimstein, US, boxing trainer
  • Arthur Blank, US, owner of Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Force
  • David Blatt, US, college & Israeli professional guard; coach in Israel & Russia, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Russia national team
  • Steve Bornstein, US, President & CEO of NFL Network
  • Norman Braman, US, former owner of Philadelphia Eagles
  • Larry Brown, US, basketball player & coach (Charlotte Bobcats)
  • Alan N. Cohen, US, former owner of New York Knicks and New York Rangers, co-owner of Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets, and Chairman & CEO of Madison Square Garden Corporation
  • Mark Cohon, Canada, Canadian Football League Commissioner
  • Uri Coronel, Dutch, President of Ajax Amsterdam
  • Mark Cuban, US, owner of Dallas Mavericks
  • Keith Dambrot, US, men’s basketball coach (University of Akron)
  • William Davidson, US, Chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, principal owner of Detroit Pistons, Detroit Shock of the WNBA, and Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL
  • Al Davis, US, owner/coach of Oakland Raiders
  • Barney Dreyfuss, US, owner of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Steve Ellman, US, owner of Phoenix Coyotes
  • Nikolay Epshtein, Soviet ice hockey coach
  • Charlotte “Eppie” Epstein, US, coach, International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Theo Epstein, US, General Manager (Chicago Cubs)
  • Lawrence Frank, US, Head Coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • Marty Friedman, US, basketball player & coach
  • Don Garber, US, Major League Soccer Commissioner
  • Arcadi Gaydamak, Russia, owner of Beitar Jerusalem F.C.
  • Alexandre Gaydamak, France & Russia, co-owner & Chairman of Portsmouth F.C.
  • Dan Gilbert, US, owner of Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Sid Gillman, US, football player & coach[319]
  • Avram Glazer, US, joint chairman of Manchester United board
  • Joel Glazer, US, joint chairman of Manchester United board
  • Malcolm Glazer, US, owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, majority owner of Manchester United
  • Paul Godfrey, Canada, CEO & President of Toronto Blue Jays
  • Alexander Gomelsky, Russia, head coach of USSR national team for 30 years, including victory in 1988 Summer Olympics, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, FIBA Hall of Fame
  • Samuel Goodman, US, manager of gold-winning US Olympic rugby
  • Eddie Gottlieb, Ukraine-born US, first basketball coach, manager, and owner of Philadelphia Warriors in the BAA/NBA, NBA founder
  • Avram Grant, Israel, manager
  • Brad Greenberg, US, men’s basketball coach (Radford University)
  • Chuck Greenberg, US, co-owner of Texas Rangers
  • Seth Greenberg, US, men’s basketball coach (Virginia Tech)
  • Ernie Grunfeld, US, basketball player & GM (Washington Wizards)
  • Ludwig Guttmann, Germany, founder of the Paralympics
  • Sydney Halter, Canada, first commissioner of the Canadian Football League
  • Cecil Hart, Canada, hockey coach/manager (Montreal Canadiens); original Hart Trophy named after father David, & current one after him
  • Leon Hess, US, owner of New York Jets
  • Paul Heyman, US, professional wrestling manager
  • Melissa Hiatt, US, professional wrestling manager
  • Nat Holman, US, basketball player & coach
  • Red Holzman, US, basketball player & coach
  • Yoel Judah, US, boxer & trainer
  • Jonathan Kaplan, South Africa, world record for refereeing highest number of international rugby union test matches
  • Daryl Katz, Canada, owner of Edmonton Oilers
  • Raanan Katz, Israel, part owner of Miami Heat & owner of Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Louis “Red” Klotz, US, NBA 5′ 7″ point guard, owner of Washington Generals and New York Nationals
  • Herb Kohl, US, owner of Milwaukee Bucks
  • Béla Komjádi, Hungary, coach, International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Bob Kraft, US, owner of New England Patriots & New England Revolution
  • Jerry Krause, US, former General Manager (Chicago Bulls)
  • Kurt Landauer, Germany, President of Bayern Munich
  • Manny Leibert, US, boxing manager & coach, Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Al Lerner, US, owner of Cleveland Browns
  • Randy Lerner, US, owner of Cleveland Browns & Aston Villa
  • Lerner family, US, owners of Washington Nationals
  • Randy Levine, US, president of New York Yankees
  • Daniel Levy, England, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur
  • Lenny Levy, US, coach (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Marv Levy, US, football coach & General Manager (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jeffrey Lurie, US, owner of Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jamie McCourt, US, President of Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Art Modell, US, former owner of Baltimore Ravens
  • Cecil Moss, coach of Springboks rugby team.
  • Josh Pastner, US, men’s basketball head coach (University of Memphis)
  • Gabe Paul, US, baseball President & General Manager (Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees)
  • Bruce Pearl, US, former men’s basketball coach, most notably at the University of Tennessee
  • José Pekerman, Argentina, Argentine football manager
  • David Pleat, England, football manager, Tottenham Hotspur, Luton Town
  • Maurice Podoloff, Ukraine-born US, 1st president of the National Basketball Association
  • Abe Pollin, US, owner of Washington Wizards, former owner of NHL’s Washington Capitals & WNBA’s Washington Mystics
  • Jaap van Praag, Dutch, President of Ajax Amsterdam 1964–78
  • Michael van Praag, Dutch, President of Ajax Amsterdam, 1989–2002
  • Bela Rajki-Reich, Hungary, swimming and water polo coach[6]
  • Bruce Ratner, US, owner of New Jersey Nets
  • Jimmie Reese, US, second baseman, coach
  • Jerry Reinsdorf, US, owner of Chicago Bulls & Chicago White Sox
  • Carroll Rosenbloom US, owner of Baltimore Colts & Los Angeles Rams
  • Chip Rosenbloom, US, owner of St. Louis Rams
  • Stephen M. Ross, US, owner of Miami Dolphins
  • Ernie Roth, US, professional wrestling manager
  • Henry Samueli, US, owner of Anaheim Ducks, founder of Broadcom Corporation
  • Abe Saperstein, UK-born US, founder & owner of Harlem Globetrotters also related to Ashley Taylor and Hallie Ariel
  • Dolph Schayes, US, basketball player & coach
  • Howard Schultz, US, owner of Seattle SuperSonics; founder of Starbucks
  • Bud Selig, US, Major League Baseball Commissioner
  • Mark Shapiro, US, General Manager (Cleveland Indians)
  • Allie Sherman, US, football player & coach, New York Giants
  • Norm Sherry, US, catcher, manager, and coach
  • Ed Snider, US, owner of Philadelphia Flyers
  • Daniel Snyder, US, owner of Washington Redskins
  • Donald Sterling, US, owner of Los Angeles Clippers
  • David Stern, US, National Basketball Association Commissioner
  • Stuart Sternberg, US, owner of Tampa Bay Rays
  • Alan Sugar, England, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur
  • Grigory Surkis, Ukraine, Chairman of Football Federation of Ukraine
  • Larry Tanenbaum, Canada, owner of Toronto Maple Leafs & Toronto Raptors
  • Preston Robert Tisch, US, from 1991 until his death in 2005 Tisch owned 50% of New York Giants American football team
  • Leonard Tose, US, owner of Philadelphia Eagles
  • Marc Trestman, US, head coach (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Zygi Wilf, German-born US, principal owner of Minnesota Vikings
  • Fred Wilpon, US, owner of New York Mets
  • Jeff Wilpon, US, COO, New York Mets
  • Lewis Wolff, US, owner of Oakland Athletics
  • Brett Yormark, US, President & CEO of New Jersey Nets

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  1. maccabette says:

    I had no idea Mark Cuban is Jewish. He’s great!

  2. Al says:

    You forgot Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Florida Marlins, and his son-in-law, Marlins president David Samson.

  3. Grace Metier says:

    ANTI-GENTILISM, THE LONGEST HATRED. All non Jews are GOYIM, cattle, animals, simply to be used.

  4. Geri says:

    There are actually two non-D version of this lens. Both have the same optical design as the D version. Also, none of them (including the D version) are Kolnta-Minoica lenses. They were all made by Minolta.

  5. (((they))) says:

    Lol the wilpons don’t own the Mets anymore!!! It’s a guy named Cohen now.

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