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Cuban Says He Was "Shocked" Recent Comment On NFL Became National Story
Published March 26, 2014
CAUSING A COMMOTION: Cuban's comment continues to draw reactions throughout the sports world. In Orlando, David Whitley writes Cuban is a "brilliant businessman, but he's wrong about" the NFL. The question "isn't whether the NFL could successfully expand the schedule," but whether "it should." There is "a saturation point for some." It is "doubtful 25 million people would watch" the Raiders play the Bills on a Tuesday night. But the ratings "would still be more than good enough to justify the broadcast." There is "no shame in trying to maximize profits." That is "what business do." It is just that the NFL "is a unique business" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/26). In Denver, Benjamin Hochman writes, "When it comes to the NFL's popularity, I'm sorry, I can't see oversaturation of games or concussions or lawsuits or player arrests or any haunting, looming issues bringing this thing down." There is "nothing more '2014' than NFL football." Ten years "is just too soon for an implosion" (DENVER POST, 3/26). ESPN's Jemele Hill said the NFL is the "nation's addiction, and, if I am an NFL owner, I want you to max out that addiction." ESPN's Bomani Jones said "implosion" is "too strong a word" to use in this situation. However, he added, "When you start talking about pigs and hogs and slaughter, you've got to talk about the greed element, because that's what Cuban was really pointing to. The NFL has had some pretty lofty projections of what they want their revenues to be over the course of the next decade ... and given how much football they sell already, it's hard to imagine that you could get to those revenue projections without having to take some pretty big gambles" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 3/25). ESPN's Jason Whitlock: "Anything can be ruined, including football, by too much exposure. All sports are suffering from this and the NFL is very, very vulnerable" ("PTI," ESPN, 3/25).