BY: John Mamola
Leave it to outspoken NBA owner Mark Cuban to say something that would be considered by many to be outspoken. Speaking to ESPNDallas.com, the Dallas Mavericks owner predicts a drastic decline in the popularity of the NFL over the next decade due to the league's greed.
"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion," Cuban said Sunday evening when his pregame conversation with reporters, which covered a broad range of topics, swayed toward football. "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's comments were referring to the NFL expanding their television package and games being played on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. He considers it a poor business decision for the NFL, which consistently dominates TV ratings, to play games on days other than Sunday and Monday.
"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."
According to a recent Harris Poll, the NFL is the most popular sport in America for at least the 30th straight year where 35 percent of adult fans, ages 18 and over call the NFL their favorite sport, followed by Major League Baseball (14%), college football (11%), auto racing (7%), the NBA (6%), the NHL (5%) and college basketball (3%).