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Ovation: Mark Cuban Thinks The NFL is Getting Greedy And I Agree.

03/25/2014

Mark-Cuban-562656-1-402I’ve never been a big fan of Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theatres, but when it comes to his recent remarks about the National Football League, I’m in complete agreement.  The self-made gazzillionaire, author and noted Shark of ABC’s Shark Tank shared his thoughts on the league with reporters last Sunday during a lengthy pregame conversation.

Cuban and I are in agreement in thinking that the NFL is moving toward over-saturating football fans to the point that they will ultimately lose interest.  The league recently completed a new deal that will result in televised games on Thursday nights.  Football has long been one of the most popular spectator sports in America because there are so many ways to be a fan (team allegiance, player allegiance, fantasy leagues, gambling, just enjoying the excitement of the game, tailgating, beer drinking, food and camaraderie surrounding the game, etc.), but the fact that NFL games have always been somewhat exclusive should not be overlooked.

“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.” – Mark Cuban.

From the beginning of September until the beginning of February there are twenty-one NFL Sundays out of twenty-two weekends.  It used to be common belief that it took about a week for a team to recuperate from one game and prepare for the next.  Live Monday night football was first telecast on September 21, 1970 when the Cleveland Browns hosted the New York Jets and the NFL seemed satisfied for many years.  But now they want more.  It seems that they want football all-day-every-day-twenty-four-seven.

“They’re trying to take over every night of TV.  It’s all football.  At some point, the people get sick of it. – Mark Cuban

I think that too much of any good thing eventually makes people sick of it.

Of course, Cuban’s own team plays in a league that runs from October through June and has a playoff season that seems to go on for months so, as a savvy businessman, he could just be worried about fighting for customers.

What do you think?  Is Cuban right?  Is the NFL being greedy?

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3 Comments
  1. I agree with your assessment of Cuban, as I am not a fan either. He embodies the worse traits of people with wealth and that is a sense of entitlement and the rules don’t apply to me. I do agree with his assessment, but the same could be said for many major sports, including his own.

    I was remembering yesterday the very first prime time NCAA basketball game. UCLA with now named Kareem Abdul Jabbar versus Houston, with a future pro All Star Elvin Hayes . This was in 1969. The novelty made it special. Now college basketball, pro basketball, baseball. football and golf over saturate the airways. I watch much less sports because of it. I now catch halves and quarters of games here and there, but rarely watch a full game. And, I was a huge sport fan.

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    • I’m with you. It used to be a treat to watch, for example, The Masters Tournament on television. But now that there’s a Golf Channel watching has lost its charm.

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      • I am with you on the Masters, but that one is still a treat. I saw where Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has weighed in against Mark Cuban. Two great egos that feel the rules don’t apply to them fighting it out over an unimportant issue.

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