Mavs' Cuban Becomes Leading NBA Ownership Voice During Pandemic
Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN yesterday "blasted Democratic and Republican leadership for not getting a coronavirus stimulus bill passed," and his actions led "Mark Cuban For President" to be trending on Twitter, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. Cuban in an email wrote that he "seeks a plan that ensures workers of small- and medium-sized businesses and independent contractors will get 'the comfort that they will continue to have a job and get paid.'” He wrote, “It’s the right thing to do. Healthcare workers are putting their lives on the line to help if not save us, how can we not help?” Zillgitt notes right now, Cuban is "outspoken and loud, to the benefit of many on the receiving end of his ideas, generosity, understanding, compassion and drive." He is the NBA’s "most vocal owner during the COVID-19 pandemic." Cuban is "thinking large and small." He is "against stock buybacks for companies that receive bailouts and he wants conditions, such as 100% employee retention for companies that get bailout money." He also has "taken a special interest in helping small businesses and wants a stimulus package even if it’s less than perfect." Cuban: “We will get to the other side of this. I’m willing to bet that we start to get to the other side before June 1st" (USA TODAY, 3/25).