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Mark Cuban says now is the time for NHL to fix itself

Dec 13, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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NBA owner Mark Cuban has never been a guy to stay quiet. Having gone through a lockout last year in basketball, getting asked about the NHL lockout yields some curious perspective.

Jimmy Toscano of spoke with the Mavericks owner, and in Cuban’s mind it’s up to the NHL to get itself fixed right now.

“When you have all your southern franchises basically sucking wind, there’s a message there that you have to fix it,” said Cuban. “I mean, you have two different worlds; the north and the south. It’s kind of like the civil war right now going on, and it’s got to be fixed.

“So, yeah I’d cringe more as a hockey fan. I’d cringe more if they don’t fix it. Just like the last one, it’s only been like seven years right? But I even wrote a blog back then that they should have fixed it, and they didn’t.”

So wait, who does that make Ulysses S. Grant in this whole mess?

Cuban’s thoughts on supporting the weaker franchises hint towards the fight over revenue sharing, but also the fight over getting rid of back-diving contracts, the kind the rich teams can afford and the poor teams can’t.

As for how he figures negotiations are going, Cuban was blunt:

“They’re both cluster[expletives]. There’s no good way [to negotiate] because everybody thinks they have a solution in those scenarios and nobody wants to listen to the other guy’s solutions.”

Are we sure there isn’t an NHL team for him to buy?

  1. millertime30 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    All pro sports owners should be as passionate about their teams as Mark Cuban is about the Dallas Mavericks.

    • bcsteele - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Amen. Some people may not like him all the time but his drive, passion, and ability to be blunt make him a desirable owner for any sports franchise.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      He would not play well with the others. NHL owners are markedly less brazen and like guys that would play by the rules. Cuban likes the spotlight and it’s only a matter of time before he opens his yap a bit too wide. It’s better to keep your gob shut and be thought a fool than to flap it off and remove all doubt.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        No way, having an owner come down and practice on the ice with the players would be awesome. It would be even better if he was a goalie.

      • bcsteele - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        Would Jeremy Jacobs please sign up for goal? I have a favor to ask of Chara…

  2. bleed4philly - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Mark Cuban for President

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      How about Mark Cuban for Commisioner!

  3. coreydm80 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    NHL Shark Tank

  4. jaredo10 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Mark Cuban should Mediate then this lockout would be over in no time

  5. ironmike778 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    What I’d give to fold about 5 teams.

  6. mnwildfan15 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Contraction is key,if you can’t sell out 25% of your home games you don’t deserve a team.

    • avsaddict92 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Really? So all those year the Blackhawks couldnt sell out, they should be gone? I’m not saying don’t contract, but you can’t make a blanket statement like that.

  7. isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Mark Cuban embodies everything that is right about sports, he’s passionate, he’s supportive of his players, the league and it’s well being. Do you think we could have some fun if we did a compare & contrast with Jeremy Jacobs?

  8. rsl22 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    I expected to read a bunch of anti-Cuban comments. At least everyone on here isn’t that absurd.

    A few months back he berated Skip Bayless on ESPN2 for about 20 minutes. It was hilarious.

    He cares about winning and not just about himself. If some of these southern franchises cared about winning they might be able to turn a profit instead of just choosing to play the victim. Winning sells tickets. Losing sells your franchise to Winnipeg for 20 cents on the dollar.

  9. badintent - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Mark is right. The rednecks down South are STILL fighting the Civil War.Sad. but true.Just look at Old Miss pep rallies with the Stars and Bars BS !

  10. tackledummy1505 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Ok badintent you’re just an idiot. The bars and stars are American history. It’s not just southern state teams either that are hurting either. You have the Islanders, the Oilers, Winnipeg (who barely make the bar but could be in trouble already), New Jersey, Washington (if they start to lose again), and I know it’s not north but any team from California could be at risk. That’s why I said long time ago 65-70 percent of the league is in trouble of being in the red permanently. This could cause team folds which for players = lost jobs. Less jobs means less money for players. I like Mark Cuban and he has the right idea, but players have to stop looking at this like they won’t make any money at all. You guys make a ton of money and its not a 9-5, 365 days out of the year job. So throw your diapers out and get it done. The only thing I disagree with is the 5 year contract. Should be 6 year guarantee with options to both player and team for a 7&8 year if wanted

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