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12/18/2006

Will Mark Cuban Back Up His Words?

Lest anyone forget, I bring back the article from the November 2 installment of "Blog Maverick", Mark Cuban's personal blog on whatever crosses his mind.
Cuban leads off the piece with this thought:
"I already know that not creating my own ownership group to buy the Penguins will go down as a huge mistake. There are only so many hours in the day, and I didnt have the time, or the expertise in hockey to do it right. My mistake."
Cuban goes on to talk in greater detail about his recent trip to a Pens game, which coincided with the Mavs-Cavs preseason game at Mellon Arena. He purchased a $277 Malkin jersey and had it signed the next night. From his account of his Malkin-Crosby experience, the infectious atmosphere of our favorite hockey team seemed to reel in Cuban in a major way.
According to Forbes.com, Cuban is worth $1.8 billion...and rising. He has flirted with not only the Penguins, but the Cubs and the Pirates as well. So with Blackberry Balsillie heading back to Canada with no team in hand, wouldn't now be a great time for Cuban to put his money where his mouth is?
I'm not trying to spend anyone's cash here, but if the guy said a little more than a month ago that he wished he purchased the team, and now it's back up for sale (by all accounts), wouldn't common sense indicate that Cuban make an offer soon?
There are pros and cons to going down the Cuban Road. A pro is that he probably would spend the money needed to keep the team viable, as opposed to a McNutting regime that runs another franchise in town. Say what you want, but he has never short-changed Mavericks fans in terms of player acquisitions. That would be important in a near future of signing multiple superstars to extensions.
A con is some of the peripheral noise that goes along with Cuban. Would he be as visible an opponent to Gary Bettman as he is with David Stern? Would he manage the Dairy Queen in Brentwood for a day? Would he steal the spotlight from the Crosby/Malkin/Fleury/Staal publicity machine? If you say "no", just remember that even his current Dallas Mavericks players think he needs to "chill out", as evidenced by this interview with Dirk Nowitzki during the NBA Finals:
"..Do I think it's a bit much sometimes? Yeah. He's got to learn how to control himself as well as the players do. We can't lose our temper all the time on the court or off the court, and I think he's got to learn that, too. He's got to improve in that area and not yell at the officials the whole game. I don't think that helps us.

"We all know what Mark brings to the team, how he supports us. We live with who he is, and we love him that way. But do I think it's good for us always? No."
Will Cuban make an offer? I doubt it. His involvement in the Andrew Murstein group (the one that also involved Dan Marino) was by all accounts on a minor level. Cuban has enough money to buy the Penguins 10 times over on his own. If he was serious in his interest, he wouldn't need an Andrew Murstein to head the ship.
Whatever happens, one group will have to shut up, once and for all: either the Pittsburghers who constantly pine for Cuban to buy one of our teams, or Cuban, who always ponders the idea of buying the Pirates/Penguins out loud but never writes the check. We'll have our answer shortly. Until then, I guess we'll all have to read Blog Maverick.

3 comments:

Pittsburgh Goat said...

Well said. I would love to see Cuban as an owner of either the Pens or the Pirates (Pens more than the pirates since I actually play hockey) since he will bring the money and will try to develop a winning team. Will he put his money where his mouth is? I could put up with his antics. How often do you see an owner as involved as he is AND make generally good decisions? The Mavericks didn't become a successful team until he took office. My thought is he waits until the decision is made for the gambling license. If the Isle of Capri gets it, we'll see if the Lemieux group is willing to sell, but if they are, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Cuban is taking a greater interest.

bucdaddy said...

The first thing a guy I work with said when Balsillie backed out was, "Mark Cuban." I'm surprised it took somebody this long to put up a "put up or shut up" post.

Anonymous said...

Mark Cuban is too busy doing his American Idol tour to find enough time to put together a conglomerate of investors!