Mar 25, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts from his seat in the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center. The Mavs beat the Thunder 128-119 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban surprised about the response to his NFL comments


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made some comments about the NFL’s planned television expansion and how it could hurt the NFL. In fact, he speculated that the NFL could implode in 10 years. There was a lot of backlash to those comments and Cuban said on Pardon the Interruption that he was caught off guard by it.

“I honestly didn’t say it expecting this big a response or this big a hullabaloo,” Cuban said, via Pro Football Talk. “But I guess I should have known that when you say anything negative about the NFL, everybody is going to talk about it.”

He went on to say that anything is possible over 10 years and reiterated some of the points he made in his Facebook post.

“They’re dependent on fantasy football, not for a majority of their viewership or anything like that, but on the margin, there’s a lot of people who watch football because they play fantasy sports,” Cuban said. “Are they sure that fantasy sports are going to remain dominant for 10 years? That’s a tough bet, there aren’t a lot of any type of game that stays dominant for 10 years.”

“Did I say with certainty they were going to implode? No, but I said if they’re not careful about how they treat their fans and how they offer their product and how they price their product, it’s not a slam dunk that they’re going to be on top in 10 years,” Cuban said.

 

 

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