Mark Cuban Says the NFL Will Implode In a Decade

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Mark Cuban has always been part prophet, part crazy person. His early entry into online radio proved to be prophetic. The Benefactor, his short-lived reality show, was not.

So when Cuban predicts that, within 10 years, the NFL will go the way of Toygaroo, it's hard to tell whether Cuban is demonstrating incredible foresight or simply spouting off nonsense to reporters.

His use of swine metaphors suggests nonsense:

"When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered," Cuban said, according to 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."

So does the fact that he's critiquing the league for inking a Thursday Night Football deal with CBS worth hundreds of millions of dollars. So does the fact that he's claiming Americans will ultimately grow sick of watching football, when their thirst for it appears utterly unquenchable.

"They're trying to take over every night of TV," he said. "Initially, it'll be, 'Yeah, they're the biggest-rating thing that there is.' OK, Thursday, that's great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you're impacting colleges. Now it's on four days a week.

"It's all football. At some point, the people get sick of it."

Then again, his $2.5 billion net worth suggests prophecy.

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TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

When will Mark Cuban, the brand, implode?

If he hadn't scored with broadcast.com, or whatever it was, would his natural abilities at awesomeness gotten him to where he is now?

dingo
dingo

On Thursday nights you already have College and HS games.

Speaking of which, Thanksgiving day 2014, my tuner is nailed down on LSU at A&M no matter what the .500 Cowplunks are doing after the 'Collossal JerryWorld Thanksgiving Half-Time Extravaganza' (TM) is done murking up everyone's big screen.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

If the number of weeks/games in the season stays constant, I don't really see a problem. Whether your team's game is on Sunday, Monday or Thursday, you'll tun in because your team only plays 16 reg season games. Cuban's just pissed that it may affect NBA viewership and ad revenue.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I think the implosion will come from the other direction, though.  Ticket prices are completely inflated well beyond demand.  You're already seeing attendance drop off, and you really have to figure in the whole "experience cost" (tickets+parking+beer+food+souvenirs) when talking about the expense.  Sure, it's fewer games, but even then there is a breaking point.  


Ticket sales will crater first, and when they are unable to subsidize the television costs, the NFL will need to do a major restructure.

EdD.
EdD.

Insert "IceRocket search engine" joke here.

Greg820
Greg820

The biggest threat to the NFL will be the significant changes that will be required to to prevent head injuries. The medical research will continue to mount that playing this game under the current rules is mentally damaging athletes. Flag football is coming back.There is no other choice but to reduce this crippling contact. That said, there are plenty of fans lacking sufficient frontal lobe activity to keep football going on forever in any guise.  

lebowski300
lebowski300

So he's saying the league will have so much exposure during the regular season that no one will pay attention until the playoffs? Wait, was he talking about the NBA or MLB?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Will college football fail as well, because they basically have a game from Tue- Sat every week thanks to ESPN wanting it that way.  Also, I would like Mark Cuban's opinion on NASCAR as a business and as entertainment to him.

iwearblack
iwearblack

I'm a big fan of the NFL, but I have to agree with Cuban on this... I think the addition of Thursday and Saturday games dilutes the product... Personally, one of the reasons I never really got into the NBA or MLB was the fact that if I missed a game, another was right around the corner, so it was no big deal... Football was another thing altogether... I remember back in the '70s our pastor, Brother John Martin at Ferguson Road Baptist Church, used to make sure and let us out of Sunday services a little early so we could make it home for kick-off if the Cowboys were playing at noon... Otherwise, it was fire and brimstone as usual... Its commitment like that which creates loyalty, not to mention the week long anticipation of seeing your favorite team and all the highlights from the other games... Limited access made us rabid fans, because it was something special to see...

manpanties
manpanties

I hope he's right on this one.  Total NFL overload.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

His head just continues to get larger and larger.

And I don't mean that in a figurative way.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I love the Cowboys. Watch every damn game. But you will never find me at the Deathstar for a game. I ain't paying $200 for a ticket and $50 to park. I'd rather buy a 6 pack and some wings for $12 and watch it on tv. But God bless you idiots that go out there so I can watch it on tv.

Greg820
Greg820

@ScottsMerkin  I remember my first NASCAR experience.  After lap 68 of 500 I realized that they only go around counter clockwise in a circle.  Over and over and over and over and over again.  And that they all drive the same cars, albeit with different stickers in different places. And that at the end it takes longer to leave the racetrack than the race itself.  I believe that without the ability to char your own meats and legally permissible public drunkenness NASCAR has no future.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Ha. I live right off Ferguson. I enjoy the NFL schedule but adore the MLB schedule. Give me nightly baseball.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@iwearblack  

I think the whole Fantasy Football phenomenon has changed the traditional NFL fan viewership and viewing habits somewhat. It used to be that diehard fans would watch the games their teams were playing in and any other games that may have some immediate impact on their own team's fate. Now because of FF, many more people have more investment in other teams beyond hometown loyalties to the teams that represent their city or region.

I don't know if that is enough justify the expansion, but it's definitely a "thing".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Actually, I think his hat size grew too.

I guess the Maverick title was an accomplishment, and his persona drew some interest, but has he done anything in business to earn his rep?

After all, you'd have to be pretty damn stupid to not make money with a billion-dollar nut.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@TheCredibleHulk Which is ironic because the "experts" say that the death of the heavyweights was in some part due to those great athletes turning to football. Specifically linebacking.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Greg820 @ScottsMerkin  Thanks Greg, Ive found that there are 2 ways to enjoy nascar, at home in the comfy confines of my house or camping out getting totally blitzed for the weekend.  There is no traffic the morning after the race, I was home in 30 minutes

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Imagine how large the old sot's liver was.

Now, for some Ted Tales....

I shot the Senator (but I didn't shoot his progeny) on North Slope at Stowe, Vt. Back in 1976 or 77. I spared the kid because back then, one-legged skiers were a rarity, didn't want to seem rude. The pic was published in the local paper.

And even further incidentally, my two brothers were bumming it on the Vineyard and drinking cheap wine and watching some Apollo 11 news thru the window at the ferry masters place when, oddly enough, a dripping wet Kennedy trotted by. They found that odd at the time.

As a wee lad living on ridgeview drive in Palm beach, the Kennedy's lived less than a mile down the beach, we'd go by frequently when walking the beach. However, at times we were blocked by SS guys, in suits, hats, shades and street shoes, which looked really funny on the beach. Old Joe Kennedy used to sit out there on occasion.

And now you know the rest of the story.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

Remember how hilariously large Teddy Kennedy's head actually was?

Like - that big.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Greg820 @ScottsMerkin  not a bad choice at all.  I dont really like spending money on tickets to Nascar, but when Casinos from Vegas to Cali and Miami continue to send me free ticket packages, I keep going to them.  

Greg820
Greg820

@ScottsMerkin @Greg820  On my second invitation to NASCAR I suggested we just find a race on TV, turn it up loud, idle a car next to the window, char some meats, get drunk, and save several hundred dollars in the end.  

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