Mark Cuban Rumors
Last week’s announcement that Mark Cuban had become a principal owner of a new North American league for a sport called “futsal” heightened buzz about the venture. As in, “Maybe this league is going to be a bigger deal than many imagined.” Indeed, a source told The Dallas Morning News on Monday that the 16-team Professional Futsal League franchisees include “multiple” NBA owners and some of the world’s most prestigious soccer clubs.
Cuban disagrees with the notion that it is hurting the game’s entertainment value and told ESPN.com on Saturday morning that he believes fans actually feel more part of the game in hack-a-player situations, citing the example of fans getting on their feet to challenge an opposing player at the free throw line. Cuban also said hacking adds an element of intrigue. “Will they leave him in or leave him out?” Cuban said. “How do both teams feel about it? How will they foul? Is it a new creative way, or is it just chasing?”
Cuban contends that the league might be overreacting to a small minority of “basketball purists” outside the media. “We have to realize that the number of basketball purists that aren’t in the media is probably under 1,000 people globally,” Cuban said. “There is no special basketball beauty in walking the ball up the court and dribbling around the perimeter. Will we change that too?”
There is no question about how the man who pays their salaries feels about the matter. Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who locked up Carlisle to a five-year contract extension that Parsons lobbied for this fall, makes it clear that he plans to build around Parsons for the foreseeable future.
“What I see 100 percent is we’re going to keep those guys together for a long, long time,” Cuban told ESPN.com this week. “When they’re both 100 percent and have all their explosiveness, that’s a crushing tandem on the wing and we’ll fill in around them.”
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban on the 2006 Finals: “I don’t think there’s any question that it will go down as the worst officiated Finals in the history of the game. I think the league would even agree with that. Maybe I’ll stop talking about it on the 10-year anniversary.”