As the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban has never shied away from controversy when dealing with reporters and the media. That’s why it should come as no shock when he says something controversial. Sunday night was no different as Cuban said the NFL will implode within 10 years.
“…pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy,” Cuban said to a group of reporters before the Mavericks took to the court against the Brooklyn Nets.
Cuban was referencing the NFL and their desire to put games on television on more nights per week. Right now, the NFL takes over three days with Thursday, Sunday and Monday. Cuban noted that the NFL has a good product right now and shouldn’t be greedy because it’ll backfire. According to Cuban, this is the No. 1 rule in business.
Is Cuban right? Obviously he didn’t become a multi-billionaire by being stupid with money. Whether you like him as a person or not, there’s no denying that he’s incredibly smart when it comes to business. If this is the case, maybe people should listen when he speaks, including the NFL.
Cuban is right about the NFL being extremely popular. It’s by far the most popular sport in the U.S. Stadiums all over the country sell out week in and week out as fans cheer for their team. Millions more watch at bars, restaurants and homes. The NFL is in a good place.
Could the NFL seriously implode within 10 years? I think Cuban makes a very good point, and it’s something Roger Goodell and the rest of the league should take under advisement. If you start pushing your product every night of the week, eventually people might get tired of it.
One of the great things about the NFL is that you know your team is going to be playing every Sunday, with the exception of a couple of Monday night or Thursday night games. Eventually, it could get to a point where people can’t watch their team play as much because of other obligations. The less you watch, the more you lose interest in the product on the field.
I don’t know if the NFL is headed towards implosion like Cuban suggests, but the league might want to heed the warning from the Mavs owner. Otherwise, the term “pigskin” might take on a whole different meaning in football.