Cuban: NFL 10 years from imploding
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban predicts that the NFL will suffer a decline because of greed and overexposure.
“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said before Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.
“I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule number one of business.”
Cuban said the league’s television package expansion is a poor business decision. The NFL announced in February a one-year contract with CBS and NFL Network combining to televise Thursday night games. CBS, which won the bidding for Thursday night games over NBC, ABC, Fox and Turner, will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season, simulcasting them with the NFL Network. Then, the league’s cable network will show six Thursday night games exclusively later in the season with CBS’ top announcing team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the broadcast booth. The NFL Network will also air a Saturday doubleheader in Week 16.
From 2006 to ‘13, the NFL went from showing a limited number of Thursday night games per season to broadcasting 13 of them.
“They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” Cuban said. “Initially, it’ll be, ‘Yeah, they’re the biggest-rating thing that there is.’ OK, Thursday, that’s great, regardless of whether it impacts (the NBA) during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you’re impacting colleges. Now it’s on four days a week. ...
“It’s all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.”
Cuban compared the NFL’s potential overexposure to the formerly popular game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which expanded from once a week to five days per week.
“They put it on every night,” Cuban said. “Not 100 percent analogous, but they handled it the same. I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.”