DALLAS – Mark Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner, predicts a drastic decline in the popularity of the NFL over the next decade due to the league’s greed. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday evening when his pregame conversation with reporters, which covered a broad range of topics, swayed toward football. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban predicts a drastic decline in the popularity of the NFL but there is no evidence — yet — that football’s reach is waning, writes Kevin Seifert. Story “I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule number one of business.” Cuban is specifically referring to the NFL expanding their television package. He considers it a poor business decision for the NFL, which consistently dominates TV ratings, to play games on days other than Sunday and Monday.
I love Mark Cuban. Huge Mark Cuban guy. He’s brilliant, he’s outspoken, and he doesn’t pull any punches. He doesn’t do the usual bullshit owner PR stuff. When he says something you know he 100% thinks that way. And that is why this surprises me because I think he’s completely wrong.
Now maybe I’m in the minority but I don’t think I am, and when it comes to the NFL I can never get enough. Yeah we bitch about awful Thursday night games between the Jaguars and Texans but guess what? I still watch it. I still bet on it, have fantasy players in it, and care about the outcome. And that is where Cuban is selling the NFL short and not understanding just how popular it is. The NFL could play their games on the moon in the middle of July and I’d still consume it. Put it up against any other sport at any time and I will watch the NFL. If they played Championship Sunday yesterday against the NCAA tournament I wouldn’t even know basketball was on. It’s a force unlike any other sport out there. So I don’t know if this is jealousy or what but if the NFL starts playing games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I’ll watch. If they go to an 18 game season, I’ll watch. If they play all of August, I’ll watch. If they play in Europe or Canada, I’ll watch. Now maybe I’m falling right into the “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered” saying but as a guy who considers himself perfectly average and the exact base the NFL markets to I can confidently say that I can never get enough football in my life, and it’s the only sport I can say that for.