Franchising: the Glamour

IPL Franchise Owners

IPL: We got glamour

Time was when baseball owners had color and character: Ted Turner of the Atlanta Braves and his then-wife Jane Fonda, and of course George Steinbrenner had plenty of both. But that was then and this is now, and aside from Nolan Ryan (Texas Rangers) you’d  be unlikely to pull them out of a line-up. Plus, they’re all men.

For those looking for a bit of glamour among franchise owners, may we kindly suggest the Indian Premier League? From left to right above are the owners (part or whole) of the  following teams: Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders), Shilpa Shetty (Rajasthan Royals), and  Preity Zinta (Kings XI Punjab). And these are only a few of the celebrities who show up to the IPL games. Shahrukh Khan even took his histrionics to the opening ceremony of the IPL, something that Mr. Steinbrenner (certainly in his later years) confined to his owner’s box. Here’s an enthusiastic report on the start of IPL 6!

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