Posts Tagged ‘Mark Cuban’

PETER KING IS EITHER GULLIBLE OR ON CRACK

August 11, 2008

PETER KING: WROTE THE WORST ARTICLE OF HIS CAREER TODAY

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC is probably the preeminent football writer in the country. He makes a reported $1 million a year. Therefore you’d think he would be above making rookie mistakes. Like printing some wild, baseless rumor just because one source tells him it’s true. Particularly when that source has a HUGE agenda.

King leads his Monday Morning Quarterback column today by saying that Michael Vick may be playing in the United Football League next season. King’s source for this is UFL “commissioner” Michael Huyghue. King quotes Huyghue as saying that it’s “98 percent” certain that Vick will play in the league in 2009. King follows this astonishing claim by writing that Vick’s signing with the league makes “perfect sense.”

There’s only one problem. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS THE UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE! The THEORY of the UFL was hatched a couple of years ago. Mark Cuban was even part of the original publicity for the proposed new league. Then again, so was T. Boone Pickens and he has already officially pulled his name from any association with the proposed league. The problem is television money, or rather the lack of it. Once NBC acquired tv rights for NFL Sunday Night Football there was no chance of the UFL ever playing a single game.

The league was supposed to start play in the spring of 2008. Crickets. Not only has the “league” postponed the entire 2008 theoretical season, but they haven’t secured ownership or a stadium for a single hypothetical franchise. Las Vegas is a perfect example. After originally touting Las Vegas as a cornerstone of the UFL and having Sam Boyd Stadium director Daren Libonati announce a deal was “near” to bring a franchise to Sin City, NOTHING has happened.

The reality for the United Football league is the NBC deal killed any chance of the league. Every network is now tied to the National Football League. CBS and Fox carry Sunday afternoon NFL games, ABC (ESPN) has NFL Monday Night Football and NBC carries Sunday night NFL games. Just where in the hell are these supposed UFL games going to air? The proposed new league would have their season schedule overlapping the NFL and ending “on Thanksgiving.” The UFL died the day NBC got NFL football. You’d think since Peter King WORKS FOR NBC he’d know this. Sadly, he’s too stupid.

The rest of King’s column is filled with so much conjecture and out-and-out lies told to him by Huyghue that it’s literally embarrassing to read.

Lie: The United Football League will consist of six teams next season with franchises in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, New York and Hartford.

Reality: None of these cities has signed any type of stadium deal with any of these nonexisistent “franchises.”

Lie: Mark Cuban “will be one of the owners.”

Reality: Cuban, an internet mogul, doesn’t even have a website for his supposed football franchise. Although Cuban’s name was floated as a POTENTIAL owner when the idea for the United Football League was first hatched, he has already moved on. Cuban would probably be more intersted in owning a real-life sports franchise (like THE CHICAGO CUBS!) than some hypothetical team in a nonexistent league.

 

Lie: The “Wilpon group” who owns the Mets will own the New York franchise in the United Football league.

Reality: Neither Fred Wilpon or any other “Wilpon” has never said anything of the kind. There WAS a report in SI that Wilpon was buying a UFL team. That story was written by Peter King who undoubtedly was duped by Huyghue yet again. It’s not like WILPON told King he was buying a team.

 

Lie: The New York team will play at the new Citi Field (home of the Mets.)

Reality: Like hell.

 

Lie: Each UFL team will have a salary cap of $20 million per team.

Reality: Where’s that money coming from? As we mentioned earlier, there’s no tv money.

Without a doubt though the biggest lie fed to King by Huyghue is the one about Michael Vick. Although King writes it makes “perfect sense” for Vick to play for the UFL in 2009 there’s a slight problem. He’ll still be in prison for the entire 2009 season. Apparently King did absolutely ZERO fact checking for his article. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Even if we take Huyghue at his word (yeah, right!) that means Vick will be in prison for the entire 2009 UFL season.

So much for the 98% chance of Vick playing in the league.

 

LEAVENWORTH: MICHAEL VICK’S REAL HOME FIELD FOR 2009

MARK CUBAN: THERE’S NOT ENOUGH NUDITY ON THE INTERNET

August 5, 2008

MARK CUBAN

Most sports fans know Mark Cuban as the zany owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Cuban may soon add baseball’s Chicago Cubs to his portfolio.

Cuban made his billions as an internet entrepreneur. Since Cuban has views on EVERYTHING it’s no surprise that he has thoughts about the direction that the internet is taking. For instance, Cuban thinks there’s not enough nudity on the internet. Seriously.

In an interview with Silicon Alley Insider Cuban says,

 

 

Its possible to find PG 13 type videos,but its really difficult to find R rated videos. Sure there are Playboy or Mr SKin type sites that will titillate us, and there are the sites where college kids go wild, but thats not what Im referring to. Where are the internet videos that cover grown up subject matters, where nudity “that contributes to the subject matter” isn’t considered gratuitous or pornographic ?

You cant post that kind of material on Youtube , Myspace, Yahoo or AOL Video. So where will user generated content geared towards a more “mature” audience go ? Dailymotion ? Or does internet hosted video never get past PG – 13 ? Has internet hosted video evolved into the most censored medium of our generation ? If you really want to go beyond PG 13, do you have to host it yourself on your own website ?

 

MARK CUBAN RECEIVES UNEXPECTED ENDORSEMENT FOR CHICAGO CUBS OWNERSHIP

July 31, 2008

DAVID STERN

The Dallas Morning News has an interesting tidbit on their NBA blog. Bloomberg News asked NBA commissioner David Stern what he would tell Major League Baseball owners about the prospect of controversial Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchasing the Chicago Cubs. (Cuban is one of three announced finalists for acquiring the baseball team.)

Stern and Cuban have a long-running feud. In fact, Stern has fined Cuban more than $1 million over the years. Surprisingly, Stern gave Cuban a glowing recommendation. According to Bloomberg News, Stern said about Cuban,

 

“They should welcome him.”

 

 

MARK CUBAN

BASEBALL JUST CAN’T SHAKE ANTI-SEMITE DOG BARBECUER

July 25, 2008

FRED MALEK: HATES JEWS AND COOKS PUPPIES, BUT HEY, HE’S NOT MARK CUBAN

According to Rick Telander and the Sun Times, ownership of the Chicago Cubs is down to three finalists. NBA owner Mark Cuban apparently made the highest initial bid at $1.3 billion.

For those who might think that Cuban is too controversial to be approved by MLB, consider the alternative. Today’s Chicago Tribune points out that one of the three proposed ownership groups is headed by Fred Malek. If Malek’s name sounds vaguely familiar he’s the former perspective owner of the Washington Nationals who BARBECUED A PUPPY. Malek also took part in one of the most disgraceful examples of anti-semitism in American political history.

While serving in the Nixon administration, Malek agreed to help Chuck Colson and H.R. Haldeman feret out a “Jewish cabal” at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Malek turned over a list of Democrats and Jews who were then targeted  by Nixon and his henchmen.

However, Malek is most famous as the subject of a Deadspin.com feature that was written during his attempt to buy the Washington Nationals. The article described how Malek and a group of friends once cooked a dog on a spit:

 

 

 

After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had “caught a dog and were barbecuing it.” Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. The insides of the dog had been removed, and a bottle of liquor was found on a nearby park table. Backes said the men told him they had been drinking earlier in the evening at a West Bluff tavern. One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill.

MARK CUBAN ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEING A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OWNER

July 24, 2008

MARK CUBAN: BIG LEAGUE MATERIAL?

Colorful NBA owner Mark Cuban is one of three finalists to own basball’s Chicago Cubs according to today’s Chicago Sun Times.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s longtime friend, college classmate and former Milwaukee Brewers minority owner, John Canning Jr., has been eliminated by the Cubs as a potential owner. Canning was long considered the frontrunner to obtain the Cubs and Wrigley Field because of his inside baseball connections. Unfortunately, Canning is just as big a moron as his mentor.

Canning reportedly turned in a lowball offer for the Cubs. He was eliminated from the process. All of the other bids were for over $1 billion. Canning’s offer may have been 400-500 million dollars short. What an idiot.

BUD SELIG’S IDIOT RICH WHITE GUY BUDDY, JOHN A. CANNING JR.

MARK CUBAN: “I’VE INHALED”

May 22, 2008

 

THIS GUY HAS SMOKED POT?

Appearing on the Dan Patrick radio show today, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted he would be reluctant to discipline Mavs forward Josh Howard for using marijuana because of his own past use of the drug.

Patrick: Do you care if he smokes pot?

Cuban: I’d be a hypocrite if I said ‘yes’ because I’ve inhaled, and when I inhaled I coughed a couple lungs out. And so I was never a big fan of smoking, but I’ve tried it. I can’t look at somebody and say, ‘That’s just terrible…’  Again, I’d just be hypocritical if I said, ‘Josh, smoking pot is just the worst thing you could possibly do.’

 

audio of Cuban’s comments

 

MAVERICKS TO BROADCAST GAME IN 3D

March 21, 2008

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The Dallas Mavericks have announced that they will broadcast their March 25th game against the LA Clippers in a format they’re calling “high definition 3D.” That’s right, HD3D.

100 Mavericks fans will get to view the game at Mavs owner, Mark Cuban’s, Magnolia Theater in Dallas. The audience will be picked by invitation-only and receive a pair of 3D glasses to watch the game on an 18×42-foot screen.


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