Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently said that the 'NFL is 10 years away from implosion' and he has been caught off guard by the criticism he has received for his comments.
Cuban recently spoke on Pardon the Interruption and explained his stance on the criticism he has been subjected too: "I honestly didn’t say it expecting this big a response or this big a hullabaloo."
He went on to say: "But I guess I should have known that when you say anything negative about the NFL, everybody is going to talk about it."
Cuban then attempted to back up his previous statements by giving evidence to where the NFL had actually failed in the past, he gave specific reference to when the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis 30 years ago.
"Look, over a period of 10 years anything is possible, and we’ll see how they handle things. It was, what, 18 or 19 years ago that teams were leaving in the middle of the night."
Cuban also believes that fantasy football is just a phase and when it simmers out, the NFL will also suffer.
"They’re dependent on fantasy football, not for a majority of their viewership or anything like that, but on the margin, there’s a lot of people who watch football because they play fantasy sports, Are they sure that fantasy sports are going to remain dominant for 10 years? That’s a tough bet, there aren’t a lot of any type of game that stays dominant for 10 years." Cuban explained.
The Mavericks owner wants to reassure everyone that his comments weren't simply a jab at the NFL or an attention seeking ploy but just an observation from an outside viewer who knows a bit about running a sports franchise.
Football is currently the most popular sport in america and I'm sure a basketball fanatic like Cuban would like to change that, it remains to be seen what will be the dominant sport in America for years to come.