Mark Cuban Rumors
FC Dallas has nine homegrown players on its roster, including Jesus Ferreira, a 16-year-old who recently became the second-youngest player in MLS history to score a goal. Its academy is the envy of every MLS club. And it might be coming to the NBA. “I think [FC Dallas] is doing it right. That is our future. We have to get AAU out of the mix,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told me over email.
If Cuban has his way, NBA teams will soon be setting up the same infrastructure in the States. He is looking for a location in the Dallas area to set up a campus. “I have been pushing for it for 10 years, but the NBA hadn’t come around to it yet,” Cuban said. “The idea is to get kids and families excited about basketball and the Mavs, and to help kids of all skill levels get better training without some of the extraneous interference.”
.@mcuban announces that the Mavericks will be changing their official Chinese name based on suggestions from fans across China! @tencentnba
January will mark your 18th season as owner of the Dallas Mavericks. When you first bought the team, did you envision the franchise having as much success as it has? Mark Cuban: No. I had no clue what to expect. I just approached it like any other company of mine. I was going to bust my ass, innovate and put everyone around me in a position to succeed. And then cross my fingers and hope for the best.
It was recently reported that Leslie Alexander sold the Houston Rockets to Tilman Fertitta for $2.2 billion. Putting aside the I-45 rivalry, do you think he made a good investment? What advice would you give a brand new NBA owner? Mark Cuban: [Fertitta] got a bargain. The streaming world is going to make destination live content even more valuable. It’s much harder to draw an audience over the top with unlimited choices verus TV where we are one of 200 channels. And my advice is to trust yourself. Be yourself and have fun.
I can only imagine how exciting it must’ve been to become the owner of an NBA team. But, I know you have a lot of other businesses. How are you able to keep up with all of it? Mark Cuban: I don’t do meetings or phone calls unless someone is writing me a check or giving me directions on where and how to pick one up. Everything is via email or Dust Messaging.