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Cuban would support Seattle return

Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:54 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Mark Cuban always holds court with the media when his Mavericks make their annual visit to Madison Square Garden. On Sunday, he said he'd support Seattle's efforts to return to the NBA.

"As long as it’s not an expansion team, yes," Cuban said. "... I voted against the move because I thought it was wrong to leave Seattle. I’d be all for a team going back to Seattle. But it would have to be a team that moves. I’d be against any type of expansion."

Plans for a $490 million arena aimed at attracting an NBA and NHL team to Seattle were unveiled this week, with a $290 million commitment from investors led by Seattle native and hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. The balance of the funds would come from tax revenues generated by the building and rent paid by the teams, according to the plan.

But with the NBA already in a state of overexpansion, the irony for Seattle is that its path back to the NBA would have to entail doing what Oklahoma City did to Seattle in 2008: luring a team from somewhere else. The likely suspects are Sacramento and New Orleans, where both NBA teams are facing uncertain arena situations.

"Teams go in cycles," Cuban said. "When you're at the top of the cycle, like Sacramento when they were winning, they were selling out every game and it was one of the hardest places to play. But it’s really how the market supports the team when you suck."

A vote by the Sacramento City Council is expected by the end of the month on a funding plan for a new downtown arena for the Kings. Sources say the NBA has narrowed its list of potential buyers for the league-owned Hornets to a handful of groups -- possibly two -- that would keep the team in Louisiana. The announcement of a purchase agreement could come soon after All-Star weekend, pending the resolution of talks between the league, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office and the Louisiana legislature on a new arena lease.

"We continue to work with the Hornets to reach a long-term leasing agreement," Frank Collins, Jindal's press secretary, said in a statement provided to CBSSports.com.

Cuban also weighed in on the new collective bargaining agreement, which he helped negotiate as a member of the owners' labor relations committee. Asked when it will be known whether the owners got a good deal or a bad deal, Cuban said, "We'll find out over the next three or four years. We’ll see what happens when we have a chance to opt out of it in six years.

Asked what criteria should be used to evaluate the new CBA, Cuban said, "Are all the teams making money? ... If all the teams have a chance to compete, then you have a better chance of making money. If you have a better chance of retaining your star players, you have a better chance of making money. So they all go hand in hand."
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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Instead of having a team move from, such as NO or Kings why doesn't the NBA have the playoffs take place in Seattle to see if the market is there for an NBA team. Raptors would be logical as the only non US based.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

The media turn out for Mark Cuban because he so often puts his foot in his mouth or up the backside of a certain commissioner. Mark doesn't care what he says and that is unique among the owners.

"As long as it’s not an expansion team, yes," Cuban said. "... I voted against the move because I thought it was wrong to leave Seattle. I’d be all for a team going back to Seattle. But it would have to be a team that moves. I’d be against any type of expansion."
Mark did vote against allowing Seattle to move to Oklahoma. Perhaps it was because OKC takes away fans from Dallas. Perhaps he really cared about the 40 years of Seattle Supersonics. The only other owner to vote against the move was Paul Allen, owner of the Trail Blazers in Portland. But Portland was benefited by the move as Seattle fans must come to Portland to see NBA ball. Paul is a resident of Seattle and perhaps that counts for more than anything. At least he was not being selfish.

The OKC franchise stands to lose significant ($30M?) bucks to the city of Seattle if the NBA does not bring another team there within the window (5 years?) agreed upon when they left. They might be working behind the scenes to get a team to move.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Cuban just thinks he runs the NBA.  He's a legend in his own mind.  Be nice of someone dropped him into a real shark tank.



Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:20 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Jimmy crack corn and I dont care.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

"Mark Cuban always holds court with the media when his make their annual visit to Madison Square Garden"

First of all, this is one of the most ridiculous topics for an article I've seen in a long time. And secondly if Mark Cuban is "holding court for the media" I envision him being the court jester, b/c he 's freakin clown and his opinion on anything is irrelevant. Who the hell cares what he thinks or wht his opinions are? Is the the NY media sitting around at his feet just salivating and waiting in anxious anticipation for his next utterance? I kind of doubt it.

This guy is so full of himself and seems to be the only one that doesn't know that nobody cares what he thinks. 

Is he the NBA Commissioner or something, that this story is worthy of what he thinks about his approval of Seattle getting an NBA franchise? Who care what he thinks. This entire article just angers me. Go away Mark Cuban. Please! 



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:54 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Can't help thinking Mark Cuban wishes Oklahoma City would go back to Seattle.  But a lot of Mavs fans in the Plains now have a team in the Thunder.  I'd be all in favor of Sacramento moving up north.  Northern California only has room for one lousy team at a time.  And having the Kings play in King County has a nice ring to it.

As long as the league doesn't expand to get a franchise there.  NBA talent is already diluted enough to make Miami's star-hoarding controversial.  Do we really need to dilute the league even more?




Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

I'll sleep better tonight knowing this.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:10 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Does he run the NBA or something?



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

If theres a team Seattle want it could the Grizzlies or Raptors.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

wo in the heck cares what cuban approves and does not approve. 


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