By Eric Schmidt

Speaking his mind is something that has never eluded Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban shared his thoughts with reporters during a pregame presser with various reporters. The outspoken Cuban waded into speaking about the NFL, calling the league “greedy” and predicted a demise of the NFL within 10 years.

“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. 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 told reporters.

The NBA owner feels that the NFL is trying to dominate sports broadcasting, especially with the expansion of Thursday night games to go along with the Sunday night primetime broadcast and the traditional Monday Night Football.

“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.”

The numbers currently don’t lie. Fans love NFL football and the expansion to Thursday night has not hurt the game or viewership numbers. The league dominates every other sport that it goes up against and of the 25 most watched television programs this fall, 24 of them were NFL broadcasts.

I seriously doubt that having the NFL on television is going to be the demise of the game. Rule changes could be another story, but the league expanding exposure to more games will not bring down the shield.




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