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Mark Cuban: Perception that NBA is fixed hurts business

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10:51 AM ET 02.01 | In a Q&A Mavericks owner Mark Cuban discussed the legacy of David Stern and his relationship with the outgoing commissioner: "I'd say we agree on 99 percent of things that don't have to do with officiating and disagree 100 percent on officiating. I understand David's perspective on it. From the league's perspective, one team's gotta win and one team's gotta lose, and they don't care who it is. And so from an officiating perspective, all things balance out. My point has always been: We're the only top-four league that people think is fixed. They might be upset about a call in the NFL, this and that, why don't they call it this way, that impact this style of play? But in the NBA, people literally think it's fixed, and I think if we changed the perception, our ratings go up, and our business go up."

Dallas Morning News

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February 1, 2014  11:19 AM ET

Cuban makes some very good points. Getting rid of Davis Stern could be a good step towards restoring trust. Hopefully his replacement is not more of the same. It remains to be seen. The upcoming draft this summer will tell us a lot.

February 1, 2014  11:21 AM ET

Perception ????

February 1, 2014  11:22 AM ET

Totally disagree. If Cuban was talking about some small residual effect of the whole Donaghy thing, then possibly. But Cuban is saying everyone thinks the nba is fixed. There maybe some, but everyone? I doubt that.

February 1, 2014  11:23 AM ET

I want to see his birth certificate!

February 1, 2014  11:27 AM ET

I think if we changed the perception, our ratings go up, and our business go up."





The NBA is the only league where basically every rule in the book is violated and not called....




Palming, traveling, 3 seconds, illegal pick, hand checking, zone defense, flopping, etc., etc., etc.....





Watered down league........

February 1, 2014  11:29 AM ET
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I think if we changed the perception, our ratings go up, and our business go up." The NBA is the only league where basically every rule in the book is violated and not called....Palming, traveling, 3 seconds, illegal pick, hand checking, zone defense, flopping, etc., etc., etc.....Watered down league........

And the star players get calls in their favour.

February 1, 2014  11:32 AM ET
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And the star players get calls in their favour.

Absolutely..............According to Lebron, he has never commited a foul in his life.

February 1, 2014  11:34 AM ET
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Absolutely..............According to Lebron, he has never commited a foul in his life.

He whines more than me when somebody butts in at McDonalds.

February 1, 2014  11:45 AM ET

I am convinced there is something funny in the water in Dallas. Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones are two of the biggest attention whoooores in sports. Cuban says that he is all about winning but yet didn't he 'blow up' his championship team right after they won? Too funny!

February 1, 2014  11:51 AM ET
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I am convinced there is something funny in the water in Dallas. Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones are two of the biggest attention whoooores in sports. Cuban says that he is all about winning but yet didn't he 'blow up' his championship team right after they won? Too funny!

Cuban really messed up that team. Yet...


I blame Kobe!

February 1, 2014  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cuban makes some very good points. Getting rid of Davis Stern could be a good step towards restoring trust. Hopefully his replacement is not more of the same. It remains to be seen. The upcoming draft this summer will tell us a lot.

Jim Buss for commissioner...

February 1, 2014  12:00 PM ET
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Jim Buss for commissioner...

Jimmy Buss would screw it up. Jeannie Buss for Commissioner. She could fine Jimmy every time he screwed up the Lakers. Phil could hand down the fines just to rub it in.

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February 1, 2014  12:16 PM ET

Andrew Bynum signs with the Pacers !!!!

February 1, 2014  12:18 PM ET
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Okay, now I am forced to root for Miami or the Thunder to win it all.I am officially anti-Pacer.Why risk team unity to sign a tool like Bynum?Very un-Larry Legend like move.

their intention may have been to simply keep him from going to Miami??

February 1, 2014  12:19 PM ET

if there ever was a player who is laughing all the way to the bank... Bynum is it !!

February 1, 2014  12:28 PM ET
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their intention may have been to simply keep him from going to Miami??

You could very well be correct, which would make the Bird a genius and give the Pacers an even better shot at the title, IMO...

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February 1, 2014  12:34 PM ET
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I think if we changed the perception, our ratings go up, and our business go up." The NBA is the only league where basically every rule in the book is violated and not called....Palming, traveling, 3 seconds, illegal pick, hand checking, zone defense, flopping, etc., etc., etc.....Watered down league........

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