Billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had harsh words Sunday about the future of the NFL. Cuban spoke with reporters before the Mavericks game and was asked about the NFL expanding their television package to let CBS air Thursday night games.
Cuban said, “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. 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 No. 1 of business.”
He compared the NFL’s package to the sharp decline in popularity of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” reports ESPN. Cuban said, “They’re trying to take over every night of TV. 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’s Mavericks played 82 games last season, each one of them televised.