January 06, 2010
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is upset that the NFL — and its television partners — has scheduled the Cowboys' home playoff game for Saturday night.
The timing conflicts with the Mavericks' home game that night. The 'Boys take on Philadelphia at 8 p.m. (ET) in Arlington; the Mavs play host to Utah at 8:30 p.m. As a result, Cuban anticipates a high number of American Airlines Center no-shows.
"I know we're just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues," Cuban said before Tuesday's home game against Detroit. "They don't give a crap about anybody but themselves."
Cuban continued to make his point on the Twitter machine, pointing out that the Boston Celtics host Toronto at 1 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, while the New England Patriots open their playoffs at home against Baltimore ... at the same time!
I'm a little torn with how to feel about Cuban's rant.
On one hand, Cuban's woe-is-us whining is pathetic. What's one Mavericks home game (that you've already sold out anyway) out of 41? Would Cuban care if a Mavs home playoff game was scheduled on the same night as a Texas Rangers home baseball game? "Doubtful," guesses Digital Dividend.
On the other hand, I understand Cuban's frustration. Just because the NFL is "America's sport," doesn't mean they should forget about the other professional sports leagues when it comes to scheduling. Put another way: Being the most popular kid in school doesn't give you the right to be a bully, does it? (Though it is funny when Roger Goodell trips the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in the cafeteria. What a nerd!)
Also, as Mavs Moneyball wisely points out, the NFL can argue that it is "collared" by television contracts. So, really, NBC is at fault — not the NFL.
Whatever. I can see both points of view.
But what says you, dear reader? Who's in the wrong? Sound off below, and we'll take a vote.