Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Case for Mark Cuban

I’ve been consistent in my support for Mark Cuban to become the next owner of the Cubs. Today, Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports lays out the case for why Cuban should be the team’s next owner, and explains why it probably won’t happen. You can read Rosenthal’s article here.

MLB needs an owner like Mark Cuban; a guy who understands his business, cares about his customers, and puts his money where his mouth is. He may be abrasive, but his heart is almost always in the right place. And there’s no doubt that everything he gets involved with prospers because of his involvement.

The “old boys club” of MLB owners should welcome someone like Cuban. If they are concerned about being embarrassed, then they should deal with current owners, like those in Florida, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City who have lined their pockets with revenue sharing money rather than improving their teams. Cuban may be a maverick, but he’s also a winner.

MLB owners would also be well-advised to look at the good of the game rather than at their petty insecurities. Cuban’s involvement in MLB will almost assuredly create more interest in the game and will increase the value of its franchises. If MLB owners are truly smart businessmen (which is debatable), they’ll welcome Mark Cuban with open arms.


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