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Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 2:16 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- You just knew Mark Cuban would have to do something big, something different for the Dallas Mavericks first championship. His first two orders as trophy holder: The parade's on me and we're doing something better than rings.

Via ESPN Dallas:
Mark Cuban said championship parades and title rings just aren't his style, but the 2010-11 NBA champions will be riding floats through the streets of Dallas very soon.

And Cuban said he's picking up the tab.

"We'll do it," Cuban said early Monday morning. "All I told them was -- Terdema Ussery, our president -- you plan the parade. I'll pay for it because I don't think it's right for the city to have to pay for it. And let's just have some fun."

Remember all the problems last year in Los Angeles when the Lakers couldn't figure out what to do with the parade? It was going to cost the city millions and there was debate whether or not the team would have it. Cuban, being the completely awesome guy that he is, just said, "I've got it you guys." Say what you will about Cuban, but he's a terrific owner. 

Then Cuban talked about the hardware. But he doesn't want to go the traditional route.

"I might not get rings," the Mavs' billionaire owner told NBATV. "Rings are old school. You've seen it before: There's guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings. I'm like, 'Rings are done. It's time to take it to the next level.'"

If not rings, then what? Championship belts? Crowns? Necklaces? Golden sceptres? I wouldn't expect anything less from Cuban because, well, he's Mark Cuban.

But you know, if you don't get Dirk a ring, then how are Dallas fans supposed to win arguments now? They won't have the "Yeah but he's got a ring!!!" argument. I guess they'll just have to say, "Dirk is a top 10 player dude. He's got a sceptre now!" Actually, that's not all that bad.

Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Cuban scores a lot of points for paying for the parade himself.  Classy move.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Its gonna be a championship watch.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

I admire Mark Cuban.  He's great for the sport and I wish all billionaires were like him!



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Actually many wanted the stadium built across the river in East Hartford-site of "the Rent" where UCONN plays football. Others wanted the stadium built in downtown Hartford. The problem was, part environmental cleanup and part moving all the piping from some energy plant. Anyway, it took forever and the Patriots backed out. Kraft, all along was only using CT as a bargaining chip with the MA legislature. He never would have moved here. At the same time, CT was more interested in the Patriots instead of building a new arena for the Hartford Whalers (NHL) so we ended up losing them as well.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Actually many wanted the stadium built across the river in East Hartford-site of "the Rent" where UCONN plays football. Others wanted the stadium built in downtown Hartford. The problem was, part environmental cleanup and part moving all the piping from some energy plant. Anyway, it took forever and the Patriots backed out. Kraft, all along was only using CT as a bargaining chip with the MA legislature. He never would have moved here. At the same time, CT was more interested in the Patriots instead of building a new arena for the Hartford Whalers (NHL) so we ended up losing them as well.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

 once again the city of Arlington put up 300,000 and that was for the land. That is no place close to "most of" the cost of Dallas stadium. Oh and btw the seats where there, the NFL did not get them installed in time. The NFL rented the stadium from the Cowboys and the NFL was in charge of the whole mess, just as they have been for every SB. The NFL provides the field crew, and all modifications to the  stadium and other venues they are using.  The Cowboys were not responsable for the install of the seats. If you go back and read everything that was said the NFL even said that straight up.every seat sold was installed before the game, the NFL just did not get it domne fast enough to have the seats inspected, the seats were there, just could not be used. The Cowboys are one of the few NFL teams that actually own thier stadium, the rest all rent stadiums that the cities built for them, at no cost to them.
jltexas, you keep getting it wrong.  See below (yet again).  The City put up 325 million, not your fictitous $300,000 figure.  You are missing a zero plus some.  And that is ON TOP of the land.  The city is also on the hook for the interest.  The NFL kicked in another 150 million via loan.  Why do you keep saying that absurd $300,000 figure?

"Originally estimated to cost $650 million, the stadium's current construction cost was $1.15 billion,<sup id="cite_ref-football.ballparks.com_12-0" class="reference"></sup> making it one of the most expensive sports venues ever built. To aid Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones in paying the construction costs of the new stadium, Arlington voters approved the increase of the city's sales tax by 0.5 percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent, and car rental tax by 5 percent. The City of Arlington provided over $325 million (including interest) in bonds as funding,<sup id="cite_ref-football.ballparks.com_12-1" class="reference"></sup><sup id="cite_ref-13" class="reference"></sup> and Jones covered any cost overruns. Also, the NFL provided the Cowboys with an additional $150 million loan, as per their policy for facilitating financing for the construction of new stadiums.<sup id="cite_ref-14" class="reference"></sup>"

Facts are stubburn things.  Just because you keep saying something completely fictitous, mere repititon won't make it come true.  Did you really blame the NFL for Jones screwing up the Super Bowl?



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Mark Cuban is a class guy.  Very nice of him to involve Donald Carter the original owner of the Mavs to take part in the ceremony.  Now a parade he is ready to foot the bill which is the least he can do for the fans because otherwise it comes out of tax dollars and gives the local pols reason to ask for more from the people.  Cuban is a billionaire and he is not about hording his money.  He spends and is a credit to the economy.  If trickle down economics were to work you would need the billionaires acting like Mark Cuban.  Unfortunately most of the wealthy horde their money thus stopping the circulation of money which has lead to bad economics since the mid part of last century. 



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

I'm thinking/hoping whatever Mark Cuban does for his players (ie. cars, trucks etc.) is something so big it makes bigtime free agents such as Chris Paul or Dwight Howard want to come and play for Dallas. That would be so Mark Cuban.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Cuban is a geek, a jock wannabe, and a billionaire.  Everyone who does or doesn't like him is one of those things or the opposite.  Of course he rubs us the wrong way because of his lack of social skills geekness.  Most us could take him in a one on one game even though we have arthritic knees.  And he has the money we will never have.  That all said, he is good for Dallas like Jerry Jones is (or was).  He brought a championship and he even let former owner Don Carter hold the trophy.  When it comes down to it, every city wants their team and teams to be champs.  Dallas has now had NFL, NHL, and NBA champions and the MLB Rangers were in the World Series last year.  Whatever you don't like about him there are many sports franchises that are lacking a guy with his energy, bucks, and interest and thus their hopes of seeing a winner are very slim. Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Clippers, are just a few.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

here as the Krafts had thier whole stadium paid for by the city, you know the Patriots.
Not true. The original plan called for the new stadium to be paid for by taxes, it fell through. That's when the Kraft's were going to move the Patriots to Connecticut. Bob Kraft was going to split the costs of a new stadium, subsidizing his own money with state money and building a stadium in Hartford. Something was wrong with the site, the deal fell through, and he ended up building the stadium in Foxboro with his own money.

And that, kids, is why personal seat licenses in Foxboro cost so much...


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