Mark Cuban, the always-candid NBA tycoon and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, thinks the NFL's expanded programming plan is "greedy" and will ultimately be the downfall of the league in just 10 years' time.
"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion," Cuban, 55, told reporters Sunday ahead of the Mavericks' matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way."
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"I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule number one of business."
According to ESPN Dallas, Cuban was speaking
about the NFL's new partnership with CBS to broadcast 16 Thursday games
on the network in the upcoming 2014 season. The deal expands upon the Sunday/Monday model that most major networks now broadcast.
"They're trying to take over every night of TV," Cuban said. "Initially, it'll be, 'Yeah, they're the biggest-rating thing that there is.' OK, Thursday, that's great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you're impacting colleges. Now it's on four days a week. ... It's all football. At some point, the people get sick of it."
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