Every week on TV, billionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, critiques new business ideas on the show Shark Tank, and most times he’s spot on in terms of whether that idea will work or not, and how profitable it will be.
And recently he gave some business advice to the NFL, and said the league has gotten overly greedy when it comes to the television package it offers, and within a decade the entire league will merely be a shell of its former self.
“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban predicted. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered, and they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.”
It seems that Cuban is a little miffed that the NFL will be offering more games next season, including the possibility of having Thursday night games, which may conflict with the NBA schedule. The business mogul says offering too many games will only burden fans, and force them to watch either one sporting event or the other, which isn’t good.
“They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” said Cuban. “Initially, it’ll be, ‘Yeah, they’re the biggest rating-thing that there is.’ Ok, Thursday, that’s great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you’re impacting colleges. Now it’s on four days a week.”
And Cuban also poses this question: Is there a possibility of too much football being shown? Will fans eventually become indifferent about the sport if its being shown on television just about every day of the week?
Most will probably say it’s impossible to offer too much football to a real football fan, and that no matter how many games are televised, people will still watch. However, Cuban disagrees and feels too many games being shown isn’t a good thing, and it will only lead to poor NFL ratings.
“It’s all football,” he said. “At some point, the people get sick of it….they put it on every night. Not 100 percent analogous, but they handled it the same. I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.”
Image via YouTube