HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

May 22, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban: In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview. I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries. We have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control, that it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it. Twitter @mcuban

May 21, 2014 Updates

Flagg responded to the tweet by doing an interview on a Dallas radio show, then reaching out and telling me of Cuban, "He called. I don't lie." Flagg called into my Portland radio show (Line 1) and re-told the story, indicating that their discussion was prior to the publication of Tim Donaghy's book. Flagg said Cuban asked, "What's in the book?" Flagg said that he spoke with Cuban about the 2006 Finals, and that he told him to sue the NBA. Flagg said he agreed with Cuban that he was not paid for his advice. Oregonian

Cuban called in to my radio show (Line 2) and said he, too, wanted to clear up the context of any possible conversation he had with Flagg, "I don't recall calling the guy. But when the whole (Tim) Donaghy thing was going on I talked to a lot of people so I don't think it's inconceivable that I could have talked to him." The Mavericks owner said of the 2006 NBA Finals (Dallas-Miami) officiating, "There's a reason why I got fined. It was horrible. It was beyond horrible." Oregonian

"Adam Silver's been very very open to. I don't want to speak for David (Stern) but my attitude and my battle with David when David was commissioner was that he didn't care who won. He knew one team had to win, and one team had to lose, and officiating may or may not impact who won, but for him, because he didn't care who won, the officiating was way down the list. "What Adam recognizes is that it affects our brand. It impacts TV viewership, it impacts merchandise sales, and as a result, it's something we should deal with." Oregonian

May 20, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has taken to Twitter to set the record straight, saying he "never hired or consulted with any former FBI agents to investigate our 2006." Finals. On Friday, Oregonian columnist John Canzano reported Cuban consulted with a retired FBI agent and considered a lawsuit following controversial calls made during the 2006 NBA Finals. Canzano spoke with 20-year-FBI veteran Warren Flagg for his series about NBA officiating, and Flagg brought up the talks he had with the outspoken owner. Dallas Morning News

May 17, 2014 Updates

Retired FBI agent Warren Flagg, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, said he consulted with Cuban after that playoff debacle. Flagg now runs his own New York-based investigation and security firm. He looked deep into officiating, as Flagg said, Cuban was considering a lawsuit. "Cuban asked me what he should do," Flagg said of the 2006 Finals. "I told him, 'Sue and you'll win your case,' but he knew he'd be killing the Golden Goose." When asked about his discussions with Flagg, Cuban said: "I don't remember." Oregonian

May 13, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he believes the Los Angeles Clippers will sell for far north of $1 billion. Though several billionaires have expressed interest in buying the team, Cuban said it will take a group of buyers to put together a winning bid for the club. "Acquiring the franchise has gone from rich guys or women being able to write a check for a team, to it being a consortium where you have a lot of stakeholders," Cuban said in an interview with CNN's Christine Romans Tuesday. KETK NBC

May 11, 2014 Updates
April 29, 2014 Updates

Silver is going to get the votes, even though there are some owners, including Mark Cuban, concerned about the precedent a forced sale might set. And once the votes are in, league sources say the NBA, Silver, and the league’s owners will control the franchise sale process — not Sterling. The league would vet bidders and make the final call on who gets to run the franchise next. The exact details of the process are unclear, but front-office and ownership sources across the league think the Clippers have a real chance to fetch the NBA’s first $1 billion sales price. Grantland

However, Cuban was the only one to express concern about the potential precedent that could be set by forcing Sterling to leave the league. "I think there's a constitution for a reason, right? Because this is a very slippery slope," Cuban said before Game 4 of the Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs series. "What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with, and I don't want to be associated with people who have that position. "But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope. "Again, there's no excuse for his positions. There's no excuse for what he said. There's no excuse for anybody to support racism. There's no place for it in our league, but there's a very, very, very slippery slope." ESPN.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent his regards after learning of the death of former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. "I miss Michael,'' Cuban said. "He was incredibly supportive of me.'' Heisley died Saturday at the age of 77 from complications of a stroke he had last year. Heisley and Cuban had formed a special friendship all the way back to when they both officially collected their NBA ownership papers in New York during a ceremony held on Apr. 11, 2000. "He made basketball in Memphis work,'' Cuban said. "He did so many things for people without anyone ever knowing. "He was a special man and will be missed by all that knew him.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 27, 2014 Updates
April 26, 2014 Updates

“Obviously if any business or entrepreneur says and does things that aren’t congruent with what the organization’s trying to convey, that’s a problem,” Cuban said. “But it’s not my problem. Not my chair, not my problem. I’m not going to offer any opinions. It’s just not appropriate.” ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban is a man of many talents. He is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the fearsome judges on ABC's "Shark Tank." Now Cuban is attempting to dive deeper into the mobile-app arena with his latest project, Cyber Dust. Forbes writes that this iOS app is described as "WhatsApp meets Snapchat." It's a free texting app that lets you send messages and photos in a sort of chat room, but the messages self-destruct after 30 seconds. businessinsider.com

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