Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t a fan of NBA players competing in international competition. Mainly because he sees it as a proposition that puts NBA owners at risk with little to no benefits.
Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George broke his leg during a Team USA scrimmage, an injury that will keep him out of the entire 2014-15 season, the first in a five-year $90 million deal. That injury has given Cuban the platform to speak out against international competition again.
Cuban doesn’t want to necessarily eliminate an NBA presence in international competition, but maybe sees a way to revamp it.
“The IOC monetizes everything they touch,” Cuban said, via the Dallas Morning News. “FIBA tries. The players won’t play unless they have their contracts in place. So that leaves just the owners holding all the risk.
“We pay no matter what happens. I think If we can work out supporting the basketball federations of other countries, we can create a tournament that will eventually approach the popularity of soccer’s World Cup.”