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February 13, 2015 Updates

What’s your reaction to Charles Barkley analytics debate? Cuban: He’s half right; the Mavs have been using analytics since the day I bought the team. The fun story behind that is I took graduate level statistics at Indiana University, and after I graduated, never thought about it again, and then after I had bought the team, I’m watching Jeopardy and who should be on but my old stats prof. And then a month later, we’re in Indiana playing against the Pacers, and who should be in the stands screaming “Hi” to me, my stats prof, Wayne Winston. I met with him and pretty much hired him then. We started using advanced plus/minus to help us, and it started to help us quite a bit…it eventually helped us come back from a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs against Houston, based on what the numbers said. Putting JJ (Barea) in the mix in the championship run had a lot to do with analytics. What happens is when a couple teams are using it, you have an advantage, but now that everyone is using it, that advantage is pretty much gone, and that’s where analytics has gotten to now. Dallas Morning News

Why do you think this debate has gotten so personal between people who defend these numbers and those who say it’s the eyeball test? Cuban: I don’t think it’s gotten that personal. Here’s where this has changed the most, the turnover of NBA owners. When I first got into the league, it was a lot of old school guys who didn’t like me, I was the young guy who had no clue what he was doing, just trying to make a name for himself. Now the old school guys have sold their teams to hedge fund guys, data driven guys, guys who understand numbers, understand investing, and understand trying to hire the best people possible in order to win. These guys are much smarter in that area, and because of that, they bring in GMs who are data driven, as well. Dallas Morning News

February 8, 2015 Updates

Cuban was asked what he thought about the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul getting fined $25,000 for criticizing rookie official Lauren Holtkamp. “I’m just glad someone else is getting fined about the refs, other than me,” he said. Dallas Morning News

Turning serious, he said: “Guys respond to calls. I don’t think anybody cares about the gender. They can be Martians for all I care. I just want the best refs we can get.” Asked if he thought Paul was out of line, Cuban said: “I’d be kind of hypocritical if I judged somebody who made a comment in the heat of the moment about officiating. I’m not going to judge the message he was trying to communicate.” Dallas Morning News

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Perhaps the best Silver can hope for from other commissioners is a new view of sports betting as a possible "frenemy." It is tricky, after all, for the leagues to embrace something they've long denounced for its impact on the "integrity of the game." It would also be naive to think that this is all about the sanctity of the results. In 2013, $1.05 billion was wagered legally on basketball, combining the professional and college levels. The illegal market across sports? Try 132 times that -- an estimated $138.9 billion, according to the American Gaming Association. You don't have to be a cynic to think that the leagues and their owners want a piece of that very big betting pie. Leave it to Mark Cuban to be frank about that aspect of the NBA's support for legalization. "We have always known betting, fantasy leagues and daily [fantasy] sports have driven interest and viewership," wrote the Mavericks' owner in a recent email exchange with The Magazine. "We did everything possible to encourage it while publicly condemning gambling. I'm glad Adam is putting the hypocrisy behind us and putting it all up front." ESPN.com

January 27, 2015 Updates

In response to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying the NBA should no longer allow fans to vote for who starts in the All-Star game, the league has revealed information that indicates the voting system is blossoming. "The NBA confirmed All-Star balloting saw a 28% increase in fan voting this year with more than 25 million votes cast,’’ a league source said. "The NBA, unlike MLB, is a digital-only program with no paper ballot in arenas. "This year, for the first time, the NBA made every player eligible to be voted for, so that obviously spread the votes out more than ever before amongst many more players. Also, the NBA started balloting later this year, so the voting window was 27 days shorter this year (67 to 40 days) and the numbers were still up by 28%.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 26, 2015 Updates

In response to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying the NBA should no longer allow fans to vote for who starts in the All-Star game, the league has revealed information that indicates the voting system is blossoming. "The NBA confirmed All-Star balloting saw a 28% increase in fan voting this year with more than 25 million votes cast,’’ a league source said. "The NBA, unlike MLB, is a digital-only program with no paper ballot in arenas. "This year, for the first time, the NBA made every player eligible to be voted for, so that obviously spread the votes out more than ever before amongst many more players. Also, the NBA started balloting later this year, so the voting window was 27 days shorter this year (67 to 40 days) and the numbers were still up by 28%.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 25, 2015 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that Cleveland forward Shawn Marion would always have a job waiting for him in Dallas when his time as a NBA player comes to an end. Marion announced his retirement earlier this week, after 16 seasons – five with the Mavericks. Cuban said that the organization would “have a big deal for him” when Cleveland came to town on March 10. Dallas Morning News

When asked about Forbes’ valuation of his franchise, a not-too-shabby $1.15 billion, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was not impressed. “I’d say off by about 150 percent,” Cuban said. “Yeah, but it’s not for sale so it doesn’t matter. People have got to realize that those valuations are meaningless. Absolutely meaningless. They have about as much impact on business than Deflategate has on the NFL. Something to talk about, but no substance.” Dallas Morning News

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested the NBA should do away with fan balloting for the All-Star game, saying the leading total of 1.5 million votes for Golden State's Stephen Curry was so low it was "embarrassing." Cuban said Friday the roster should be expanded to 14 players from the current 12. He said coaches or general managers or both should choose the teams. The outspoken owner said the low total for Curry was evidence that the "system's broken, absolutely, positively broken." "And fans are allowed to vote more than once, right?" Cuban said "That's embarrassing. To think that we couldn't get people to vote enough times. No one even tried to hack it. That's how bored they are." USA Today Sports

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