Mark Cuban didn’t hold any punches about Bud Selig with Jay Leno recently.Photo Credit: SI.com
Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is never at a loss for a controversial word or two. Some believe this was a contributing factor in his failed attempt to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2012.
If Cuban had any shot at buying a team in the future, it probably doesn’t exist after his latest comments about commissioner Bud Selig, ranging from his handling of the Alex Rodriguez controversy, to his general performance as the commissioner of the MLB.
Here is what Cuban had to say to Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” about Selig, courtesy of ESPN Dallas:
“Horrible,” Cuban replied to Leno’s question about Rodriguez’s suspension. “I think it’s disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to him. Look, it’s not that he doesn’t deserve to be suspended. He does. They have policies in place: A first-time offender is 50 games, and a second time is 100. [Two hundred and eleven games], that’s personal.”
“I’ve got to tell you, with my experiences with Major League Baseball — and after all of this, there’s no chance I’m getting to buy a team — it’s basically become Bud Selig’s mafia,” Cuban said. “He runs it the way he wants to run it. They don’t want me to own a team. When I was trying the buy the Rangers, even after the Cubs, when I was trying to buy the Texas Rangers, it was an open option.
“I sat in there with my good, hard-earned money trying to bid, and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had lawyers in there trying to change the rules; they had people trying to put up more money. It was horrible.”
“Obviously, Bud Selig does not like to be tested,” Cuban said. “He does not want anybody to stand up to him.”
Cuban went on, but you get the gist; he and Selig won’t exactly be having a friendly lunch in the near future.
As far as the A-Rod issue, you have heard people on both sides of the fence. Many agree with Cuban’s stance, that Rodriguez is essentially being singled out, as opposed to the other offenders leaked in the Biogenesis scandal. However, many think he should not even be playing right now as he appeals the aforementioned suspension, and some even believe he should be banned for life.
Also, speaking of personal, it seems that Cuban has a personal vendetta against Selig, and it may be for a legitimate reason. If his claims are true, and Selig essentially was trying to sabotage Cuban’s attempt to buy multiple teams, then shame on Selig. As an avid NBA fan, I can tell you that while Cuban may not always have the popular opinion, he is a passionate owner that will do whatever it takes to win, and grow his franchise into a more profitable brand. Cuban revived basketball in Dallas, and would be a great addition to any league that he is interested in, especially baseball, where Cuban could spend as freely as he pleases.
Maybe it really is Bud Selig’s mafia.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder
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