Cuban partly supported after talk of expanded playoffs in the NFL.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has conceded that he didn’t think his recent comments on the risk of the NFL imploding in 10 years would garner such a reaction.
The outspoken franchise owner warned the NFL bosses that by flooding the fans with football on almost four or five nights a week could risk implications on their popularity, and with suggestions that the league may look at expanding the playoffs in the future, Cuban appears to have a point.
While the Mavericks owner insists that he was merely sharing an observation rather than criticising a rival league, his comments have been picked up with a hint of jealousy from NFL fans.
However, he has moved to quash that by explaining what he meant and how he also feels that the impact of fantasy football could also have a negative effect on the NFL.
“I honestly didn’t say it expecting this big a response or this big a hullabaloo,” Cuban said on Pardon the Interruption. “But I guess I should have known that when you say anything negative about the NFL, everybody is going to talk about it.”
Cuban reiterated that he did not say that he was certain beyond any doubt that the NFL would implode, but instead that he was merely suggesting that the league should be careful about how they treat their fans, and how they offer and price their product.
The NFL is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the country, and while it is realistic to suggest that things might change over the course of the next decade, it appears that Cuban would perhaps be better off avoiding addressing his concerns if they are taken to be a criticism rather than an observation.