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03/24/2014

Mark Cuban, the master of the misdirect

Mark Cuban is busy making Mark-cubanshock-jock proclamations again, this time telling reporters before Sunday's Mavericks game that the NFL is greedy and heading towards implosion in 10 years.

He said: "I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. 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.”

Perhaps if he continues with providing fun material for sports columnists, and sports radio hosts - thank you for said material - no one will notice that his primary toy is increasingly irrelevant. Mark Cuban has become Jerry Jones - he is more entertaining than his team, only with far fewer followers in a league that is not as popular.

The Mavs are 42-29, and are limping towards the finish-line of a season where they will likely make the playoffs, and then be promptly kicked out. The guy is a good sports owner, but he seems like he is the film director that believes his own BS. Not only can no one tell him he is wrong, but he won't listen.

Cuban's point about the NFL growing greedy is only a wee-bit laughable coming from a sports owner in a league that charges $100 a ticket to a regular-season featuring 41 regular season home games.

0cheer04Cuban's point about businesses that over-reach and get greedy is dead on; it happened to the MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR. Too much of its own product has rendered many regular-season events in a fiercely competitive market to junk-bond status.

The NFL's model of only 16 regular season games, whether the game is played on Thursday, Sunday or Monday, has not threatened dilution. A restructured TV contract to include Thursday night games on CBS is not going to make a pro football game any more, or less, meaningful than it is already. There are only 16 of these, not 38 (NASCAR), 82 (NHL, NBA) or 162 (MLB).

Once the league begins to add more regular season games, and more playoff games, that's when you know they have gone from a pig to a hog.

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