Mark Cuban Has An Interesting Idea About International Basketball

With the drop in the dollar and the beginning of an exodus of players from the NBA to European leagues, Cubes sees an opportunity to spread the game and the money around. I’ll just summarize it the way the great TrueHoop did:

“Let’s say for the sake of example a couple players got 25mm, 50mm or whatever a year pay and they play on teams that just dominate. They rip apart every team they face. What happens next? People wonder who the best teams in the world are. When that discussion becomes serious, the NBA and those winning overseas teams get paid. European Soccer has done a phenomenal job of inventing tournaments that drive huge revenues and TV dollars. This would allow the NBA to do the same thing. Take a Christmas break, or do it in the summer, where the top 6 records in the league play the top 6 teams over there, with the revenues from the event being split primarily among the participant teams rather than equally among all NBA teams.

“Not only would that be a great revenue source for all the teams involved, but it would create a huge economic incentive for the other 24NBA teams and all overseas team to become top tier teams. Then of course we could create our own World Cup type tournament every 4 years. ALL of this could open the door to create more NBA owned competition. I’m not saying it would be easy or automatic. Quite a few parties that dont always see eye to eye would have to come to agreement, But the timing for all of that is right and its an amazing opportunity for players, leagues and teams alike.”

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2 responses to “Mark Cuban Has An Interesting Idea About International Basketball”

  1. Mike says:

    So he’s against his players playing in current international tournaments, but has no problem with this?

  2. supersuper hoop says:

    he has a good point. basketball needs to capitalize on its own popularity. It seems like it is fast becoming the second most popular sport in the world and there should be an increase in world competition. America can’t go along pretending that the NBA Finals is a “world championship”, without actually competing with the world.

    his statement about a “world cup of basketball” is kinda lame. the olympics already are the biggest every four years basketball tourney. if you add in another, you are just downplaying one or the other.

    Look at Olympic soccer…Euro teams are hard pressed to even release their players for this year’s games. It is not the slightest bit important when compared to the World Cup.

    nevertheless, it has been good to hear how important the US team considers this tourney. They are all saying it is truly the biggest stage they’ve ever been on. That is saying a whole lot for international competition.