Outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, is predicting the decline of the NFL over the next decade, due to its greed.
Speaking with reporters over the weekend, he says the league will implode if they don’t change their tune. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said in a conversation Sunday (March 23), according to ESPN.com. “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 No. 1 of business.”
Cuban was referring to the NFL’s recent expansion of its television package. He said it was a poor business decision 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.”
The league announced a one-year deal with CBS and NFL Network in February, which would televise Thursday night games. CBS will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season, simulcasting them with NFL Network. Then, the league’s cable network will exclusively show six Thursday night games later in the season.
The NFL Network will also have a Saturday doubleheader in Week 16. They first tried a limited package of Thursday night games in 2006. Last seson, they showed 13 Thursday night games.