Mark Cuban Rumors

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Marion averaged 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 1,163 career games, and also helped the United States win a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Nowadays, when Marion picks up the phone to share a conversation with Mark Cuban, basketball isn’t uppermost on his mind. “I talk to Mark, but I’m not talking about basketball,” Marion said. “I’m talking about business opportunities.”

NBA close to $250 million data deal with Sportradar

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Sportradar AG, a sports data company whose clients include global bookmakers, last year took on three high-profile investors with one thing in common: All own NBA teams. The Swiss company hoped Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan and Ted Leonsis could help with its expansion into the U.S., where sports betting — if legalized — could be a multi-billion-dollar industry. So far, it seems to be working. Sportradar and data analytics firm Second Spectrum are said to be close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the NBA, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been one of the more vocal detractors of NBA players participating in international competitions but didn’t want to block the pursuit of his latest acquisition. And Bogut waited until last Friday – the day before Australia’s opening win against France – to declare himself fit to compete in these. “If it wasn’t right, I’d put my hand up and I’m on a flight back home. It was good enough to play,” Bogut said, adding that Cuban “has been great. We have a great relationship via email and via text. The whole thing was, if you feel like you’re 100 percent, and you feel like your knee is a go, we’re going to support you. I couldn’t ask for a better organization to give me that confidence.”