What would the sports universe be like without Mark Cuban? Cuban, the most quotable American sports owner of all time, recently sounded off on his opinion of the NFL’s new television deal to reporters on Sunday after a Dallas Mavericks loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The man who has been fined more than $2 million by the NBA for his sharp tongue wasn’t pulling any punches.
“When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Cuban told The Dallas Morning News. “And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”
Cuban’s remarks were inspired by the NFL’s new television deal with CBS, which will see more Thursday night games broadcast on national television — rather than the league’s NFL network — as well as possibly featuring games on Saturday and Wednesday. Currently, the NFL features games on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday. Football is America’s most watched televised sport by a large margin.
“It was just so easy when I could plan on Sunday or maybe Monday.” Cuban said. “They’re trying to take over every night of TV, and initially, it’ll be the biggest rating thing there is. Then, if they get Saturday, now they’re impacting college. And then if they go to Wednesday, at some point, people get sick of it.”
Cuban has owned the Dallas Mavericks since purchasing 2000. He was previously a season-ticket holder for the team. While the NFL ownership has explored the idea of expanding the season to 18 games over the current 16 game run, the new president of the NFL player’s association has told USA Today Sports that he “won’t let it happen.”