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Mark Cuban: NFL is 10 years from imploding

mark-cubanDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is one of the most intelligent businessmen in the world. He made his own fortune — which is rumored to be well over $2 billion — with a series of successful investments and business decisions. So when Cuban says the NFL is 10 years from “imploding,” there’s reason to believe he may be onto something.

On Sunday, Cuban spoke about how the NFL is at risk of overexposure. The NFL has already announced that CBS will feature Thursday night games next season. There will also be two Saturday games on CBS later in the year and has been speculation that Wednesday night football could be a possibility in the future.

“When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Cuban said, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. “And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”

The NFL is currently putting out its strongest product ever, with fantasy football at the peak of its popularity. As a result, ratings remain fairly high even when teams like the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns meet in a meaningless matchup. Cuban cautioned that it won’t always be that way.

“They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” he said. “And initially, it’ll be the biggest rating thing there is. Then, if they get Saturday, now they’re impacting college. And then if they go to Wednesday, at some point, people get sick of it.

“It drives you in a different direction. Now, it’s ‘my team’s game is on Wednesday.’ Or, ‘now my team’s on Thursday.’ It was just so easy when I could plan on Sunday or maybe Monday. And if you get no days off in football and your team is playing one of those days, it’s just one of the rules I use: when pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. Fantasy football, people pay attention to it. But we’ll see.”

While it’s hard to imagine people getting sick of NFL football, Cuban’s theory makes sense. Tracking fantasy plays on weeknights or Saturdays (when there could be a game like Auburn-Alabama being played) is one thing. But people could eventually get annoyed if their team plays on five different nights throughout the course of a season. Will it result in an “implosion” for the NFL? That seems like a stretch, but perhaps Thursday, Saturday and even Wednesday football simply won’t last.

Mark Cuban calls out Dirk Nowitzki for poor effort

Mark CubanMark Cuban absolutely loves Dirk Nowitzki, so it’s not often that you hear the Dallas Mavericks owner call out his star player. But that did happen on Monday.

Cuban talked with Dirk about the forward’s lackluster performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and then told the media about the issues.

“I think sometimes he loses concentration, and I think we’ve got to get past that,” Cuban said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game [Sunday at Oklahoma City]. He laughed. At least that’s while I was facing him. When I turned my back and walked away, I don’t know.”

The Mavs won that game easily, so I’m not sure what Cuban was looking for. He was also unhappy with Dirk’s game last Tuesday in a loss to the Golden State Warriors where Dirk had 12 and 6 and went 4-of-11 from the field.

Cuban said Dirk tends to go through stretches like this during the season, so Cuban is trying to get him to snap out of it.

“Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games,” said Cuban.

Cuban particularly wants to see Dirk crash the boards harder in an effort to rack up around 10 rebounds, because he thinks the teammates respond to that kind of effort and energy. It’s certainly a good thought, but Cuban needs to remember that Dirk is 35 and that his rebounds have been declining for a few years. He’s down to six rebounds per game this season compared to 9.7 at his peak in ’04-’05.

Mark Cuban pulls Super Bowl prank, claims he won $20 million on safety prop bet

Mark Cuban trophyMark Cuban pulled a masterful prank on everyone early in the Super Bowl. A popular prop bet for the Super Bowl is what kind of score the first score of the game will be. The first score of Super Bowl XLVIII turned out to be a safety, which typically pays off at around 50:1 odds. That means if you threw $10 on the bet, you’d cash $500. Not bad huh?

Well Cuban screwed with everyone by saying he won $20 million on the prop bet:

The guy’s already a billionaire, what the heck does he need an extra $20 million for, right?

Well 12 minutes later came the truth:

Keep messing with us, Cubes.

Mark Cuban: Rockets wanted to trade for Dirk Nowitzki after signing Dwight Howard

Dirk Nowitzki MavericksMark Cuban seems to be pretty bitter over the Dallas Mavericks’ inability to sign Dwight Howard in free agency, but it seems like there might be something else to the story.

Though Cuban said in July that his Mavs were better off without Howard, his reiteration last month that Howard made the wrong decision by signing with the Houston Rockets makes it seem like he’s still bitter Howard didn’t choose Dallas. Why would Cuban be ticked about that? Maybe it has to do with the Rockets not only getting Howard, but also trying to take Dirk Nowitzki.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Dwain Price tweeted on Friday that hours after acquiring Howard, the Rockets asked Cuban about trading Dirk. ESPN Dallas reporter Tim McMahon says it was Rockets GM Daryl Morey who sent a text message to Cuban about Dirk, and that Cuban took the text as a taunt.

Well, that certainly would explain the lingering bad blood.

Despite Dirk being 35, he is still the core of the Mavericks and Cuban has said he won’t be trading the German star. Morey had to know that. So was Morey really taunting him, or was he genuinely throwing out a trade scenario because, hey, why not?

Mark Cuban: Dwight Howard made wrong decision going to Houston

mark-cubanMark Cuban still believes that Dwight Howard made the wrong decision by choosing the Houston Rockets in free agency instead of the Dallas Mavericks. What else is new?

The Mavericks are one of the handful of teams Howard considered in free agency. He also looked at the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers in addition to Houston and Dallas.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban and superstar Dirk Nowitzki were among the team reps who were part of the team’s presentation to Howard in free agency. In August, Cuban shared the video the team created and played for Howard. Even though Cuban says the Mavericks are better off without Howard, he still believes the center made the wrong choice.

“Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment,” Cuban said Thursday via ESPN Dallas. “Do I blame him? No, that’s what young kids do. They make mistakes in judgment.”

Cuban continued to explain where Howard went wrong.

“You choose teams. You don’t choose players,” Cuban said. “If he made a choice off of an individual player, yeah, he made a mistake. You choose teams. You choose organizations. You choose coaches. And it’s just not relative to Houston.”

Cuban was obviously talking about Howard going to Houston to pair with James Harden, whom many consider to be one of the top young players in the game.

“That’s just the way I look at it, because if he’s that good, then the right organization … Put aside Dwight. Any young superstar looking to make a move, if you’re that good, then the right organization gets all the right pieces around you. So it’s not about, you’d rather play with this guy. If you’re that good and you have [salary cap] flexibility, the right organization will put the right pieces around you and get you there.”

This just sounds to me like more bitterness from Cuban, and it makes me believe that Cuban still wishes Dwight chose Dallas instead of Houston, despite what he says. Dwight absolutely think he made the right decision, and I think it was a smart move to team up with Harden. Pairing with other players is the most important factor when you’re a superstar like him. Putting in the right coaches and supporting cast is easier to do once you have the right talent in place the way Houston does.

Mark Cuban rips Bud Selig for Alex Rodriguez suspension

Mark-Cuban-Jay-LenoMajor League Baseball acted outside the scope of its drug policy earlier this week by suspending Alex Rodriguez for 211 games. If A-Rod used performance-enhancing substances, it would be the first time he was found guilty of doing so since the league introduced a specific policy for PED suspensions. First-time offenders are supposed to receive a 50-game ban.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes MLB had no right to suspend A-Rod for as long as it did and reportedly threaten to ban him for life. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Thursday night, he blasted commissioner Bud Selig.

“I think it’s disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to him,” Cuban said. “It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to be suspended — he does. But they have policies in place. 211 games? That’s personal.

“It’s basically become Bud Selig’s mafia. He runs it the way he wants to run it. When I was trying to buy the Rangers, it was an open auction. I sat in there with my good hard-earned money trying to bid and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had lawyers in there trying to change the rules. They had people trying to put up more money. It was horrible.”

Cuban obviously has a biased opinion because of his past dealings with Selig, which he basically admitted. He sounds like MLBPA director Michael Weiner in bashing the league for the suspension, but very few people feel sympathy for A-Rod.

Ryan Braun was also a first-time offender, yet he accepted more than a 50-game suspension after MLB presented its evidence. If the league’s evidence against Rodriguez is even more compelling and includes proof that he interfered with their investigation, he also deserves more than a 50-game ban.

Mark Cuban: Dirk Nowitzki can still be an MVP candidate

Dirk NowitzkiFew people consider the Dallas Mavericks a legitimate contender for the upcoming NBA season, but owner Mark Cuban says you should not count out his team. Specifically, he believes that many people are wrongly writing off franchise player Dirk Nowitzki, whom Cuban says can still be an MVP candidate.

Though Dirk was one of the top players in the NBA for over a decade, he had a dropoff last year after returning from arthroscopic knee surgery. He averaged 17.3 points and 31.3 minutes per game last season, which were both the lowest totals since his rookie season. Still, keep in mind that a big reason for the dropoff was his return from knee surgery. At least that’s what Cuban wants you to remember.

“If there’s one missing piece between what everyone is saying and what we’re doing, everybody, I think, has dismissed Dirk — like Dirk is done and he’s on the downside and he can’t play anymore and he’s not the type of contributor that he was,” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company, per ESPN Dallas.

Cuban then made a pretty convincing case that Nowitzki still has it.

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