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Cuban: NFL issues go beyond TV
ESPN ^ | March 25, 2014 | Tim MacMahon

Posted on 03/25/2014 4:55:23 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban elaborated on his controversial opinion that the NFL "is 10 years away from an implosion" in a 1,585-word Facebook post published Monday night, upping the ante to include player safety and behavioral issues as additional threats to pro football's future.

Cuban's comments about the NFL on Sunday night focused on what he perceives as "greed" by the country's most popular sports league.

He contended that the oversaturation of the NFL's expanding television package would eventually turn off fans. That subject was the third of five points in Cuban's Facebook post to explain his prediction for a drastic decline in the popularity of the NFL.

Cuban's first point was that the decline of popularity of football at the youth level due to safety issues could have a trickle-up effect. Concussions, in particular, are a hot-button issue for the NFL office.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: agitprop; basketball; dallas; dallasmavericks; girlssports; markcuban; mavericks; nba; nfl; penisenvy; titleix
Hubris may one day finally catch up to the NFL.
1 posted on 03/25/2014 4:55:23 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I agree.

Pro football used to be a Sunday thing with a Monday night cherry on top. Now it’s Sat/Sun, Monday, Thursday, and, some now are pushing for Wednesday and Friday night games. Hint to the NFL, you make yourself not so special if you’re on the boob tube 5 or 6 nights a week. You’re on the verge of wearing people out now.

They’ve got a golden goose but that idiot Goodell is getting ready to strangle it.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 5:01:53 AM PDT by FAA
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I think the NFL being a talking piece for the DNC and the gay agenda is what’s turning me off.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 5:03:57 AM PDT by erod
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Pink shoes and gays in the locker room did me in.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 5:04:46 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: erod

I cant waste 3 hrs of my freetime watching overpaid guys play a game.
Besides, college is better because the kids are playing for their lives.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 5:06:08 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

They’ve got to somehow, someway get a handle on the head injury issue. That alone will be the demise of the league eventually.


6 posted on 03/25/2014 5:06:57 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: erod
I think the NFL being a talking piece for the DNC and the gay agenda is what’s turning me off.

Ditto ...

7 posted on 03/25/2014 5:12:08 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Decrimminalize Tax Evasion)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

My brother and I have DVDs of the videos of NFL playoffs from the 70’s. We like to watch them in the runup to the Super Bowl. Back then, the coverage was to a certain extent understated and classy compared to today. I liked how they introduced each member of the officiating team by name.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 5:14:46 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: erod
I've long had a sneaking suspicion that the NFL is becoming as rigged as wrestling. Too much money on the line.

A call here, a missed play there, and the outcome of a game could be set, and we wouldn't be the wiser.
9 posted on 03/25/2014 5:19:59 AM PDT by jrg
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To: headstamp 2

There is no head injury issue; there are liberals out to destroy something that is HUGE and AMERICAN and SUCCESSFUL on an IMMENSE SCALE! It’s big, it’s bad, it’s men, it’s money, it’s American, it’s violent, so it must go, and NOTHING ON EARTH makes liberal sub-human monkey vomit mega-filth happier than destroying something using the courts.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 5:20:58 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: jrg

And those calls generally go against the teams in the smaller markets.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 5:25:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Cuban is delusional. The NFL, just over the last few years, has finally caught up to the NBA with the disgusting gangsta/ghetto culture.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 5:26:23 AM PDT by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: 11th_VA

Don’t forget the female sideline reporters following up one stupid question with another. 18 game schedule? Cuban is probably speaking as an NFL FAN-not competitor.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 5:28:28 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: FAA

Another thing is the commercials during games are FAR too numerous! Before we know it, they’ll start doing 30 second commercials after incomplete passes. The overt PC bullshit is another killer, especially given who their core audience is.

I think they’ve been getting TERRIBLE advice from marketing consultants. Hell... That’s about the case with every business these days. Just look at virtually ANY television commercial. Almost no person you see looks or acts like you, or anyone you know. If you just landed here from Mars and saw a TV commercial, you’d think our civilization was nothing but ‘hipsters’, nerds, and anorexic looking sluts.


14 posted on 03/25/2014 5:37:35 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
upping the ante to include player safety and behavioral issues
Behavioral issues in the National Felons League? Say it ain't so, Joe.
Actually, greedy teams/players and TV (e.g., ESPN) in all sports forced me away many years ago. Probably began when the baseball players voted to strike and canceled the '94 World Series.
After that, it was games starting at 8/9 pm and running until after midnight; never being able to see the end of a game. Why bother?
The NBA and NHL seasons now run for 9 booooring months, and then 3/4s of the teams qualify for the playoffs. Why bother playing the season?
Add in the never ending commercials and (except for the Yanks and NY Giants) I no longer watch sports.
15 posted on 03/25/2014 5:57:47 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I only watch NFL RedZone. No commercials...bouncing from play to play around the league. The average football game only has around 15 minutes of actual action.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 6:10:55 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: jrg
I've long had a sneaking suspicion that the NFL is becoming as rigged as wrestling. Too much money on the line.

That means Jerry Jones is a far worse GM than anyone could imagine. lol

NFL owners should be concerned at the new TV technology, i.e. 4K TV's. I don't normally overreact to new tech, but 30 seconds in front of a Sony 4K TV was enough to sell me. The "wow factor" was incredible, and I have a 40" HD TV in my man cave.

Our old (15 year) TV finally gave out, and we replaced it with a 65" Sony 4K. I've now attended my last Dallas Cowboys game. For the cost of taking the family to a game (end zone seats), the TV will pay for itself in a couple of years...the equivalent of going to 4 games.

17 posted on 03/25/2014 6:12:37 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

I agree


18 posted on 03/25/2014 6:22:30 AM PDT by free me (https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

LOL. Wow.


19 posted on 03/25/2014 6:24:55 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Night Hides Not
Over the past ten years, I've probably gone to three NFL games in person. But I have no interest in going in person anymore. I'd much rather sit in my recliner in front of my Sony 50-inch HDTV with ample food and drink, a clean restroom just a few steps away, and no obnoxious or drunk fans to deal with.

I agree about the endless commericals and station promos, they are getting way out of hand.

20 posted on 03/25/2014 6:28:05 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Knowing several ex-players I can say without a doubt you know nothing of what you speak.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 6:29:17 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: IndyTiger
I agree about the endless commericals and station promos, they are getting way out of hand.

That's where the remote comes in: I use the time to catch up on programs I've DVR'ed.

22 posted on 03/25/2014 6:31:29 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: BikerJoe
I miss the days when we used to watch the Steelers on TV,turn the sound down and turn on the radio with Myron Cope calling the game. Great times!
23 posted on 03/25/2014 6:32:23 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: FAA
There are certain players I like to watch.

There are now only two teams that I care about watching, but refuse to watch in October when they don their gay pink apparel to "raise awareness" to breast cancer.

Add to that the moronic sideline reporterettes, idiotic renditions of the National Anthem, thug tattoos, dreadlocks, prancing around after making routine plays like they just saved the village from a rogue elephant, pre-game/halftime/postgame shows where everything is just sooooooo funny(to them) and then top it off with chattering nitwits in the booth and what is not to dislike?

And Godawfuldell wants more nights on TV and a team or two in England/Europe?

NFL is fast becoming as unwatchable as the NBA. A total classless act.

And just like the NBA when Dr. J, Larry, Kevin, Michael, Magic and Kurt all retired, when my favorite NFL players retire, I shall retire from viewing.

24 posted on 03/25/2014 6:38:03 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I don’t need to hear the opinion of a commie like Mark Cuban.


25 posted on 03/25/2014 6:40:24 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: N. Theknow

Ridiculous lack of HGH testing and the risk of brain injury through the course of a football career into the pros are its biggest problems, in my opinion. But what makes it unwatchable, at least to me, is a league full of players that apparently don’t see anything wrong with fruity gyrating celebration dances that commemorate such awesome feats as a 300lb+ behemoths falling on a loose ball, or tipping a pass.

Freegards


26 posted on 03/25/2014 6:45:35 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Resolute Conservative

Knowing several ex-players I can say without a doubt YOU know nothing of what YOU speak.


27 posted on 03/25/2014 6:47:19 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Hey Doctor...there is no head injury issue? That’s your statement? Did you play football? I did. 4 years HS, 2 years in College. Had to hang it up after my 2nd knee surgery. I was a fullback and linebacker. I lost count of how many concussions I suffered. One I particular had me seeing double for a day. I stayed in that game too.

My body is paying a huge price now at age 43 for those measly 7 years of playing and I didn’t come close to even sniffing the NFL. I have 3 sons and will not steer them toward football. Haven’t decided if I’ll forbid it yet.

I’m not advocating banning football as it is self-inflicted trauma. We volunteered to play. But to say there’s no head injury issue is just ignorant on your part.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 6:53:01 AM PDT by strider44
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To: 4yearlurker
I miss the days when we used to watch the Steelers on TV,turn the sound down and turn on the radio with Myron Cope calling the game. Great times!

Amen. When Hillgrove retires, there's NOBODY (IMHO) coming up that sounds adult.
29 posted on 03/25/2014 6:55:01 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: strider44

The tone of your 2nd post was not nearly as insulting as your first, so I will reply civilly.

When I say there is “no issue,” I am not saying people do not hurt their heads playing football.

I AM saying (and Rush agrees 100% for what that is worth):
1. There is NOTHING new about these injuriesl.
2. They are probably not as bad as they were in, say 1940, or 1928, or 1961.
3. The injuries have been discovered by a liberal media out to destroy football for reasons already noted.
4. There are a LOT of welfare begging former players who see a grand opportunity to score more welfare dollars from the rich white man.
5. The courts have NO place in this discussion.


30 posted on 03/25/2014 7:01:41 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Doctor 2Brains

I only posted once to you. Someone else laughed at your post not me. But you’re still ignorant on some basic football issues. The collisions that occur now in football vastly exceed those in the past. The height, weight, and speed of the players has increased dramatically. It was very rare for players to exceed 300 pounds during the years you listed. Now, every team has offensive lines averaging way over 300. Running backs routinely weigh over 220 pounds.

I’m not saying football wasn’t violent back then. It was. But the pure physics have changed. Again, I’m not for banning it. But I think a billion dollar plus league can pay medical care for its gladiators as they age. We’re not talking about a ton of people.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 7:25:37 AM PDT by strider44
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To: strider44

Do you really believe I’m “ignorant” about these things. YOU are ignorant about my knowledge base. Yes, players are bigger, but they don’t play with leather “helmets” anymore, and there are LOTS more rules to protect them. I know all about 300 pounders—Dierdorf was the first in the league I believe.

As for banning/welfare payments, etc. Yes, the league could pay but there is no reason they should. NONE. Everybody knows the risks; when I played the coach frequently said that every single play is potentially fatal, or at the very least, potentially catastrophically injurious.

Lastly, you cannot be serious about there not being “a ton of people.” No matter how many or how few people there are, the courts and the juries have it in their hands to DEVASTATE, DESTROY, and END FOOTBALL with a single decision. Unlikely? I presume that because you are on FR, you know all about crazy, insane, mad, demented, sick, perverse, outrageous, mind-boggling courts and juries handing out ungodly, crippling sums for no good reason whatsoever.
This head injury thing is a tool of liberals to destroy football. Period.


32 posted on 03/25/2014 7:34:59 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Well if Mr. Cuban had designs on owning an NFL team I’d say they’re pretty much gone.


33 posted on 03/25/2014 9:48:51 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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