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Mark Cuban – Is the NBA jealous of the NFL?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently made comments about how the NFL is 10 years away from imploding.  Inferring that the NFL is in danger of over exposing itself.  Now, anything is possible.  I mean, the NFL could indeed one day have a backlash of negativity due to over exposure, but I doubt that would cause an implosion.

Considering how good things are going for the NFL, over exposure would seem like a good thing to have for a sports league.  So maybe there’s some envy or jealousy showing through in the comments that Mark Cuban made.  Because as popular as the NBA thinks it is, it’s not anywhere near the cultural phenomenon that the NFL has become.

The NBA likes to trumpet is television ratings, and yet a regular season broadcast of Monday Night Football gets similar ratings as a game in the NBA Finals.  And as maligned and criticized as the NFL’s Pro Bowl is, it still gets much higher ratings than the NBA’s marquee event the All Star Game, and it also outdrew the highest rated game of the NBA Finals.

And instead of worrying about an NFL implosion, maybe the NBA should think about it’s own prospects in America.  As a recent Harris poll indicates that while the NFL is the most popular sport in America for 30 straight years, the NBA came in a distant fifth behind MLB, College Football, and Auto racing.

So no, the NFL’s dominance in America won’t last forever, as all empires fall eventually.  But I think Cuban’s comments about the NFL have more to do with envy of the league, than a realistic prediction of it’s demise.


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  • Amar S.

    The NFL imploding? Has anybody watched a Miami Heat game with the amount of fouls Lebron James gets a game? The amount of fake calls during the Thunder vs Heat game was just bad.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      NBA officiating isn’t quite as corrupt now as it used to be. But they still give too much preferential treatment to their superstars. So I agree with you on that. And unlike the NFL, where a wild card team can win the Super Bowl, only a select few teams have a shot at winning a championship in the NBA.