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Old 03-24-2014, 01:52 AM  
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Mark Cuban: "The NFL is 10 years away from an implosion."

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Cuban: With TV deal, NFL is 'hoggy'
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com


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.

"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.

In February, the NFL announced a one-year deal with CBS and NFL Network partnering to televise Thursday night games. CBS, which won the bidding for the Thursday night package over NBC, ABC, Fox and Turner, will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season, simulcasting them with the NFL Network. The league's cable network will exclusively show six Thursday night games later in the season with CBS' top announcing tandem of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the booth. The NFL Network will also have a Saturday doubleheader in Week 16.

The NFL started a limited package of Thursday night games in 2006. The NFL Network showed 13 Thursday night games last season.

"They're trying to take over every night of TV," Cuban said. "Initially, it'll be, 'Yeah, they're the biggest-rating thing that there is.' OK, Thursday, that's great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you're impacting colleges. Now it's on four days a week. ...

"It's all football. At some point, the people get sick of it."

Cuban said the NFL is making a mistake by valuing television money over the convenience of fans who are used to planning for their NFL teams to play on Sundays with the occasional Monday night game. He compared it to the decline in popularity of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" after the game show expanded to air five days a week.

"They put it on every night," Cuban said. "Not 100 percent analogous, but they handled it the same. I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered."
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:13 AM   #46
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You're talking about a 4-month window.
Really??? 17 week regular season. 4 weeks of preseason. 6 weeks of postseason. The combine, the draft.
Yes there are gaps in there but that is almost 10 months of football. 6 months are actual games. But the NFL if not careful going forward could easy over saturate the market.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:15 AM   #47
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I'm not an old bastard like all you other ****ers so I don't know (), but didn't the strike pretty much kill baseballs popularity?
Yes they had a direct affect on many fans. I know a lot went back. I like others still have not recovered the true fanatical feeling for baseball.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:16 AM   #48
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I'm not an old bastard like all you other ****ers so I don't know (), but didn't the strike pretty much kill baseballs popularity?
IDK, I was a toddler back then.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:19 AM   #49
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Well, baseball used to pull the highest ratings of any American sport. I don't see an "implosion", but it isn't unreasonable to think that some other sport could surpass football's ratings and popularity (although a 10-year time frame seems too brief).
Soccer? Lol, maybe one day.

Baseball for most under the age of 35 is a dead sport it seems. I don't know anyone that watches baseball under that age unless it is post season or they are in an airport or sports bar somewhere.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:23 AM   #50
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I'm not an old bastard like all you other ****ers so I don't know (), but didn't the strike pretty much kill baseballs popularity?
It certainly did until the steroid fueled home run derby era pulled people back in.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:23 AM   #51
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Baseball still draws a lot of fans and make tons of money. There's a reason players are getting $25 million a year.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:26 AM   #52
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It certainly did until the steroid fueled home run derby era pulled people back in.
The subsequent witch hunt turned me away. Sometimes it's not better to know certain things.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:27 AM   #53
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Nope. In fact, he produced the most net worth and cash liquid application for the Houston franchise. He thought about filing a law suit against the NFL when it was rejected, but he knew he would lose so he decided to call it a day and walk away.
He tried to buy the Cubs too, same result
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:27 AM   #54
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It certainly did until the steroid fueled home run derby era pulled people back in.
Exactly.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:37 AM   #55
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He tried to buy the Cubs too, same result
Yep, and the Astros...
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Really??? 17 week regular season. 4 weeks of preseason. 6 weeks of postseason. The combine, the draft.
Yes there are gaps in there but that is almost 10 months of football. 6 months are actual games. But the NFL if not careful going forward could easy over saturate the market.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:58 AM   #57
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The subsequent witch hunt turned me away. Sometimes it's not better to know certain things.
You are an odd outlier. MLB's popularity has not dipped at all, the fans have pretty much declared with their wallets that they don't really give a damn about the PED controversies.
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Regarding the OP, Mark Cuban's statement is self-serving, utterly ridiculous, and will not come close to panning out.

A few people who have their own agendas (unhappy with this or that rule, usually) have jumped on it, but there is no rational reason to believe that the NFL, even with the expansion into more days, is anywhere close to saturation. If anything, the market will probably easily absorb an 18-game season if the owners ever went that far.
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You are an odd outlier. MLB's popularity has not dipped at all, the fans have pretty much declared with their wallets that they don't really give a damn about the PED controversies.
That's fine. I like being an outlier and all.
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As last season unfolded I felt like they had it maxed out. What I don't like is starting the season on Thursday with the concerts and the all day party BS. It's to much. I hate the whole London thing to. What a turn off. They've got their league rolling though so they're marketing the hell out of it in an attempt to maximize revenue and profits. They shouldn't be so obvious about it but they've gotten such a big head at this point that they're losing some of their periphery.
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