Thank God PGA Tour doesn't have a Mark Cuban
I’m sure glad the PGA Tour doesn’t have a Mark Cuban. Professional golf may be a sellout to the increasing corporate influence that is gulping down all of our society, but at least it doesn’t have loud-mouthed owners trying to turn the attention on themselves.
I started out pulling hard for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, but by the fourth or fifth game, I completely changed allegiance, all because of Cuban, the Mavericks’ obnoxious owner. I tried to ignore him for a long time because I liked the Mavericks so much more than the Heat, though Dwayne Wade was doing his part to reel me in.
Complaining about the officiating is the surest sign of weakness, and Cuban blathered on and on about how his team was getting beat by the officials. It’s nonsense, of course; games are rarely decided by the officials.
Cuban is the worst kind of pro franchise owner. He made his fortune being involved in Internet companies, and now he’s an expert on NBA officiating? He whined about an alleged backcourt violation, which turned out to be completely wrong. Fining him $250,000 doesn’t hurt him. They should tie him up and gag him.
He’s the quintessential, loud-mouthed, arrogant corporate jerk. Cuban didn’t cost his team the title, but I’ll bet he cost them a lot of fans.
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You can call him a loudmouth blowhard who whines about the officials, but you also described a lot of die hard Mavs fans who act and feel the same way. They just don't get to say it in front of a camera or microphone.
Your second comment makes my point. There are always a percentage of fans who gripe about the officiating when their teams lose. Fans are allowed to be blowhards; they pay for the tickets.
Cuban is an owner and therefore has access to those cameras and microphones. By using that to belittle the refs, he belittles himself and his team, as well as the game. He knows nothing about the game.
Actually Cuban was 100% right on this one, reviews showed it was indeed a back court violation according to NBA Rules, I doubt the officials purposely ignored it because of Wade as the game moves so fast and some of these guys are so old. I agree with Cuban that NBA officiating is bad, favoring the stars and the home team, but there is no conspiracy against the Mavs. There is probably a subtle league wide tendency to favor home teams to keep a series going as long as possible, which means more revenue, higher ratings nd more exposure to the NBA which had its highest ratings this year since the MJ years!
BTW - in game 7 the officials gave the Mavs one last chance to tie it by calling the ridiculous traveling call with 10 seconds, unfortunatley the Mavs could not capitalize given the home gift!
"BTW - in game 7 the officials gave the Mavs one last chance to tie it by calling the ridiculous traveling call with 10 seconds, unfortunatley the Mavs could not capitalize given the home gift!"
Having said that, I would agree that the NBA refs tend to have a bias toward superstars. Shaq can break a guy's jaw and not be called for it.
Also, you have to ski across the court to be called for traveling.
If there were SUBJECTIVE calls in golf, you'd think differently. The NBA's product could have two different outcomes by two different officiating crews.
Things are improving and "whining" is still justified sometimes regardless of your knee jerkified "sounds childish" reaction to it. The NBA now spends 1 mil a year to analyze the problem - it took whining to do that.
Withhold from a business owner the right to improve his product? Go play another round - some people have work to do.
The NBA is low class entertainment a notch or two above wrestling and roller derby...Check out the pre game intros...the "cheerleaders."
No...they may hate Cuban...but they'll come to the next game their home boys play against the Mavs just to see if he's there. It's money in the bank.
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