Worst owner of all time?
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10-13-2012, 08:55 PM
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You could go on and on.
Now that I have more time...
In 1979, Ballard hired a prostitute in an attempt to distract Roger Neilson from watching game tapes on a road trip. She couldn't seduce him and the next day Ballard publicly implied that Neilson was a homosexual.
He once banned a player agent from MLG solely because he found out that the agent was Jewish.
He called CBC reporter Barbara Frum an "ugly broad" and said women like her are only useful "on their backs." The next day, there was a feminist protest in front of MLG. In another incident, when asked why female reporters were not allowed in the dressing room, Ballard responded: "I told them once, if you want to go in there, you can. But you've got to take your clothes off, too."
Ballard never had fired anyone face-to-face. An employee would only know he or she was fired when they showed up to work and found that their parking space had been assigned to someone else.
Saskatchewan Sports HOF member Stan Obodiac worked as Ballard's public relations man for 26 years. He was underpaid in every single one of them, making a mere $20,000 annually despite holding one of the top jobs in the Leafs organization. Obodiac never complained and always defended Ballard. When Obodiac died in 1984, Ballard purposely avoided his wife at the funeral and the next morning she was awoken by a Leafs employee. He was there to collect the company car.
And then, of course, there's what happened in the Gardens' bathrooms. The most shameful incidents in not only Leaf history but NHL history as well. Ballard may not have been directly involved but does it happen if he offered fair wages to employees (thus attracting better candidates)? Does it happen if he did a background check on who he was hiring? Does it happen if he hired security or spent the money to install a proper surveillance system in the building? The mere fact that it happened under his watch is damning.
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