Most people in Dallas are thrilled that the Cowboys are hosting a playoff game on Saturday night.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not like most people.
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports that Cuban is angry with the NFL for scheduling the Cowboys’ game against the Eagles for Saturday night, when the Mavericks are also hosting the Utah Jazz.
According to Cuban, it’s just another example of the big, bad NFL doing whatever it wants and not much caring about how its actions affect anyone else.
“I know we’re just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues,” Cuban said. “They don’t give a crap about anybody but themselves.”
Cuban, who got into the football business this year with the UFL, said he thinks the NFL should view itself as a partner with the NBA and other sports leagues, and should treat its partners with respect.
“There’s a balance between all the leagues,” Cuban said. “They deal with similar issues. They deal with issues with copyright, antitrust, [Federal Communications Commission], all kinds of things. And it’s going to bite them in the ass one day.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to respond. Probably because he figured it wouldn’t be diplomatic to say, “If Cuban thinks we’re going to alter our playoff schedule for one pissant regular-season NBA game, he’s crazy.”