Could a TV contract be the downfall of the NFL? Well, outspoken businessman and NBA team owner Mark Cuban thinks so.
Speaking with reporters Sunday night, Cuban said, "I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you." (Via Dallas Morning News)
Cuban, himself a billionaire, was referring to the multimillion-dollar deal the NFL inked with CBS last month to show some of its games on Thursday night. Cuban says the NFL could eventually suffer from over-saturation.
It's certainly not the first time Cuban has been more than willing to express his opinion.
After all, he's been dubbed the "King of NBA Fines" by Bleacher Report after racking up millions of dollars in fines for expressing his opinions about referees, league officials and other players in the league.
But, does the pro basketball team owner have a point about pro football? Most say yes ... to a degree.
"I agree with the analogy because it's been true (of society) forever. But, we know one thing about how the NFL does its business. It puts its games on TV front and center and you never, for example, miss the start of the NFL season," ESPN writer Kevin Seifert said. (Via ESPN)
And Chris Chase, a writer for USA Today sports blog "For The Win," says, "His point is valid — not about the hogs getting slaughtered ... but about people always turning against the king. History has showed this again and again, whether its in politics, sports, entertainment or corporations. Nothing stays on top forever."
Still, fellow billionaire Warren Buffet doesn't think that's true. Speaking on "The Dan Patrick Show", Buffet had this to say. (Via The White House / Pete Souza)
"It's amazing, but the public satiation for football seems unlimited. ... I supposed there's things you can get too much of — maybe ice cream. But, women and football I'm not sure about." (Via Premiere Radio Networks / "The Dan Patrick Show")
While Cuban waits to see if his theory comes true, he'll be watching his Dallas Mavericks as the NBA's 82-game regular season comes to a close.