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07:20 AM ET 07.23 | What impact would Mark Cuban, who hasn't made the Mavericks "fundamentally better," make on the Rangers? Cuban has made it clear that he wasn't initially interested until [the Rangers] became a better business proposition. ... Cuban is a lightning rod. Those Mavericks fans who love him do so unconditionally and pay little attention to the fact that the team is not fundamentally better off than it was a decade ago when he purchased it from Ross Perot Jr.

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July 23, 2010  08:09 AM ET

In the NBA his hands are tied with a salary cap......not so in MLB. As long as he had a good baseball man to run the show, you know Cuban would spend the money to make this team a winner. If I were a Ranger fan I would be praying for this to happen.

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July 23, 2010  09:17 AM ET

I don't know one way or another if this would be a good thing. You can have all the money in the world but if you don't have the brains or someone with brains to use it to its full advantage then the money is useless when it comes to making a successful MLB team. I do know this however, when he was going after the Cubs the owners of the other teams were not thrilled with the prospect of Cuban owning a team so I wouldn't look for it to happen anyway. Bankruptcies, owners votes, judges decisions, Selig still at the helm, blah blah blah I think this is a non-issue article because it won't happen.

July 23, 2010  09:35 AM ET

Cuban would be a good owner because he'll actually spend money to make his team competitive. With that said, it's unlikely that the other MLB owners would approve him as an owner.

July 23, 2010  10:05 AM ET
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Cuban would be a good owner because he'll actually spend money to make his team competitive. With that said, it's unlikely that the other MLB owners would approve him as an owner.

Yea, Tom Hicks never spent any money (cough Arod)

Spending money doesn't equate to success. If that were the case the Yankees would have double the titles they have and we would make comments about the Angels and Mets dynasties

July 23, 2010  10:05 AM ET
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Could he be the next Steinbrenner if he buys the Rangers?

He couldn't. He has shown no steinbrenner qualities with his other ownership. Steinbrenner was an innovator if nothing else.

July 23, 2010  10:06 AM ET
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Cuban would be a good owner because he'll actually spend money to make his team competitive. With that said, it's unlikely that the other MLB owners would approve him as an owner.

I believe they have already said as much.

July 23, 2010  10:06 AM ET
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you are probably right, but that is a huge problem...last i checked it was a free country and a free market system...if a guy wants to buy a team, why the hell shouldn't he be able to?

Agreed 100%. The powers that be in pro sports meddle too much. Take the NFL and its Rooney Rule. It's a joke. First of all, if I own a team, its mine, I decide who I hire. Plus, its an insult to minorities if you ask me. You have to "interview" a minority candidate just to say you did.

July 23, 2010  10:13 AM ET
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its like that silly Ape and Stone rule...you gotta interview someone who looks like an Ape or a Stone...hey now...wait a tic?

What the........

Hey, lets say you and me head to Oakland this fall and wait outside Al Davis's place?

July 23, 2010  10:14 AM ET

Bud Selig has changed his mind on Cuban again...he can't make an offer because he has man boobs

July 23, 2010  10:29 AM ET

This article is total crap. The mavs aren't fundamentally better than they were 10 years ago? Uh, 2006 Finals ring a bell? Nearly beat D Wade if it wasn't for the refs giving it to Miami.

And, yes, Cuban won't ever be approved of being an owner in the MLB.

July 23, 2010  10:41 AM ET
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you are probably right, but that is a huge problem...last i checked it was a free country and a free market system...if a guy wants to buy a team, why the hell shouldn't he be able to?

I agree somewhat...But I think its bc you are buying into a "franchise" type of system.....The other owners dont want to see their product hurt....Its similar if you franchised a Wendys or McDonalds yeah you "own" the store but for the most part you run it the way the Ronald wants it ran.....

July 23, 2010  10:43 AM ET
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This article is total crap. The mavs aren't fundamentally better than they were 10 years ago? Uh, 2006 Finals ring a bell? Nearly beat D Wade if it wasn't for the refs giving it to Miami. And, yes, Cuban won't ever be approved of being an owner in the MLB.

The NDA is fixed by the owners and a marketing survey.

July 23, 2010  10:43 AM ET

NBA.

July 23, 2010  10:44 AM ET

Also what this little blurb isnt mentioning is that he isnt wanting to be the majority owner either...He wants to be in on the ownership....Possibly owning 10% or the team....

July 23, 2010  10:46 AM ET

How many times had they made the Finals prior to Cuban's ownership? Zero. Since he's owned them they have been a very successful time on the court, popular in the local area, boosted attendance and made a Finals appearance.... pretty successful tenure as an owner so far and definitively better than the prior owner.

July 23, 2010  11:04 AM ET
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i hear what you are saying, but it all falls apart when you look at the Pirates and Marlins

True....I dont agree with the way those teams arre run at all...I think the Pirates are just run poorly and they seem to change directions ever other year...They need to hire someone that can build a team and build around the young guys they have....As with the Marlins they are just cheap...But then again the do have 2 WS in the past 15 years....So they have also done something a little right....

July 23, 2010  11:18 AM ET
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I don't know one way or another if this would be a good thing. You can have all the money in the world but if you don't have the brains or someone with brains to use it to its full advantage then the money is useless when it comes to making a successful MLB team. I do know this however, when he was going after the Cubs the owners of the other teams were not thrilled with the prospect of Cuban owning a team so I wouldn't look for it to happen anyway. Bankruptcies, owners votes, judges decisions, Selig still at the helm, blah blah blah I think this is a non-issue article because it won't happen.

His success has shown that he has the brains and people with brains around him. I say, go for it cigar-man!

July 23, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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the talent level of young players that have passed through the Pirates and Marlins organiztation in the last 10-12 years is astounding...granted, if you finish last every year you will draft high but still...those organizations have produced some very talented players.

I know then thats when you have to have a front office or management or owners that takes them in the direction of building a Tampa Bay...Get all your young guys through the draft bring them up through a stable organization and had vets to compliment the guys....

I mean a Rangers fan it was painful to watch them change ever direction under the sun in the Doug Melvin to John Hart to Jon Daniels early years...Then they did the best thing possible...They brought in Nolan Ryan who changed the pitching process and philosophy all the way throughout the organization form A ball to AAA to winter league ball....

 
July 23, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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i actually have two goals in life...1...keep my belly trim enough so i can at least see my junk while standing up2...never have MOOBS

two STRONG codes to live by

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