Ownership not all Super Bowl fun and games

Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:34pm EST
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By Steve Keating

PHOENIX (Reuters) - There will be one happy billionaire on Sunday when either Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen or New England Patriots counterpart Robert Kraft hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the Super Bowl champion.

One will return home a hero, feted and paraded through the streets to wild cheers showered with confetti and praise.

The other will arrive to a heartbroken city, fans left crushed by defeat, humbled in front of an estimated television audience of over 100 million.

Many will vent their disappointment on social media, directing some of that anger and bile at the losing owner.

It is not all fun and games for the 32 National Football League owners who often find themselves in the unwanted public spotlight, facing harsh criticism and personal attacks over their team's and the league's failures.

A string of domestic violence cases involving players has left a stain on several teams and the NFL while concussions remain a contentious issue, casting owners in an uncaring light.

For the past 14 years, Dan Snyder, principal owner of the Washington Redskins franchise, has defied calls from activists and journalists to change his team's name and Indian logo to something less "offensive."

Even U.S. President Barack Obama has waded into the debate, saying that if he owned the team he would consider changing the name, which American Indians and others have long pilloried as racist.   Continued...

Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen at the Seattle Seahawks 12Fest fan rally in the Desert at Chase Field prior to Super Bowl XLIX.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports