Mark Cuban not interested in Panthers as “league is in decline”

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Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has been critical of the NFL for quite some time and believes the league has numerous problems.

So, no, he’s not interested in bidding on the Carolina Panthers now that Jerry Richardson has put the team up for sale.

According to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Cuban said Monday he’s not interested in the Panthers, or any other NFL team.

“Why would I buy an NFL team if I think the league is in decline?” Cuban said.

Cuban believes the NFL has overextended itself and over saturated its product. He thinks the upcoming move of the Raiders to Las Vegas is a bad idea, and has several other observations about the state of the league as well.

Cuban also thought he’d be a hypocrite in buying an NFL teams while at the same time saying how dangerous the game of football is to play.

“I know I’m a hypocrite from time to time, but I really, really, really try not to be,” he said.

With as many barbs as he’s thrown at the NFL in recent years, it’s doubtful he’d get enough support from the other owners to be approved to buy the team anyway.

31 responses to “Mark Cuban not interested in Panthers as “league is in decline”

  1. Saying it to save face. I guarantee you that most fans want it more dangerous, so the only reason it is in a decline is the constant rule changes for safety.

  2. You know what? He’s right. The NFL is overbranding its product, from London games,Thursday night football etc…

  3. I like Mark Cuban, and what he says makes all the sense in the world. For the 30% of America that thinks the decline is anthem related, the other 70% (plus some of that 30%) realizes that the problem is with the product – and you don’t invest in a declining product.

    Hopefully this can be a wake up call to the Shield to stop watering down the product, stop with games being called that look fixed even to me (who is not a conspiracy theorist), and stop trying to play games in other countries and every day of the week. We’re tired of it, and he will one day soon vote our viewership elsewhere.

  4. “I know I’m a hypocrite from time to time, but I really, really, really try not to be,” he said.

    Try harder.

  5. NFL doesn’t need Mark Cuban, Diddy, Opera. Cuban probably correct NFL is in decline so why would they approve one of these bozo’s? Having the jack doesn’t mean your qualified.

  6. Cuban is right not to pay what they are asking today for a franchise. The refs are ruining the games. Ticket prices aren’t getting cheaper either.

  7. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that there is no way the owners would ever approve a sale to Cuban.

  8. Cuban is a conundrum for the let football be football people. They love Cuban when he supports their NFL is in decline mantra. Yet, they hate Cuban when he says football is too dangerous. They especially hate Cuban because he pays black players millions of dollars. It is enough to make their heads explode.

  9. The NFL revenues vs. NBA revenues; NBA average team revenue ($152 million) and average minimum revenue is ($109 million). NFL is more balanced with the highest average team revenue ($286 million) and the highest minimum team revenue ($229 million). NFL took in $13 billion in revenue last season! National Basketball Association (NBA): $4.8 billion! So if I am a business man why would I want to be apart the NFL, because it is profitable, in the NFL your team can lose on the field but win on the bottom line. Cuban statement makes no sense from a business and revenue standpoint. If I own the Cleveland Browns I’m a winner because from a revenue sharing stand point I win……….

  10. He needs to worry about his own sorry team that’s been that way going on nearly 10 years now. The NBA has its own problems, namely that it’s a star-driven league, and when LeBron James retires in the next few years, he has no natural heir kind of like when Jordan retired and they bumbled around for a few years until James came along. The NFL needs to scrap these Thursday games and all of this other nonsense, but for the first time in years, there are young, exciting teams and the finish to the season looks great. That Steeler/Patriot game was excellent, and we should have more games like that in the next few weeks between the 3 NFC South teams jockeying for position. Plus, I can’t wait for the NFC playoffs with all of the new young teams. It’s still the best show on TV for my money.

  11. @realfootballfan

    I agree that the ratings will go up around this time and come playoff time but to say there isn’t any talent after Lebron in the NBA is sort of misinformed.

    The 76er’s have Joel Embiid who looks like a future HOFer, Jayson Tatum for the Celtics is 19 and the best 3 point shooter in the NBA and great on defense he’s also playing next to another budding star in Jaylen Brown , Russell Westbrook is a triple double machine, James Harden is an MVP candidate, the Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Ball, and Kuzma, Kawhi Leonard has turned out to be another great Spurs player that was waiting in the wings.

    The NFL has always been my top sport but Cuban has a point here and if the NFL let’s its guard down and doesn’t make any changes I could see the NBA taking over because right now it feels like the transition years from way back in the 80’s and ball movement/defense has made a come back.

  12. Dear Mr. Cuban,

    The fact remains that your average fan wears athletic wear every day thinking they can be the next NBA star, yet can’t afford your ticket prices and can’t read above an 8th grade reading level (I’m giving them credit).

    The average NFL fan is well off and can buy tickets. The decline is due to the political ideology with which you love. Your fans celebrate racism while the NFL fans love country first.

  13. ryann252013 ,

    Where did I say there is no talent? i said there is no star player to carry the league right now, and there is not one on the horizon. Two distinctly different things. There were stars when Jordan retired, but the interest in the league went down because there was not that box office player that put butts in seats every time he played like him and LeBron does or Magic and Larry Bird did back in the 1980s. In the early 2000s, you had all kinds of great talent from Shaq and Kobee to Tim Duncan to Allen Iverson to Tracy mcGrady to Vince Carter and the list goes on and on, but none of those players were the global attraction to even the casual or non-NBA fan like those 4 I named earlier to drive interest in the league like that.

  14. That’s too bad. The NFL needs owners like Cuban. The group they have now don’t show much promise for the game. Or they could let someone like Trump enter through the back door. He’s stolen enough from our treasury to buy the team, outright. He’s making over $1 billion, just on the new TAX CUT for THE RICH.

  15. Tax cuts for the rich! I bet you had no idea that the top 10% of taxpayers pay 90% of all taxes!And the bottom 50% pay NO taxes.I bet you are one of those democratic rich class haters (who, by the way are writing your paycheck),

  16. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    “Does anyone watch the NBA let alone the Dallas Maverick?”

    NBA ratings are up 24% this season.


    I wonder why only 2-3 teams have a chance at winning the NBA Championship.

  17. Science is about 5-10 years away from being able to diagnose CTE in it’s early stages without intrusive surgery.

    Think about the implications of that. College draft hopefuls potentially taking CTE tests……potential #1 drafts being told they can’t be drafted because the NFL doesn’t want to assume the liability…

    Then think of the next step impacts…….so say ratings start to drop…..attendance drops…..10-15 years down the road, the superior athletes are focused on basketball and baseball in college because the money is still great, the risk of injury is significantly lower, and the risk of not being drafted due to CTE is lower.

    I mean, this CTE thing stands to be the biggest risk to football IMO. That and the constant injection of politics into the sport.

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