If someone dribbles a basketball in Dallas while a playoff football game is going on, does anyone hear it?
Probably not, which ticks off Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. In an interview with ESPNDallas.com, Cuban ripped the NFL for scheduling the Cowboys-Eagles NFC wild card tilt at 8 p.m. — just 30 minutes prior to the Mavericks tipping off against the Jazz a few miles away.
Said the always loquacious Cuban: "I know we're just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues. They don't give a crap about anybody but themselves.
"There's a balance between all the leagues," Cuban continued before adding that he had nothing but praise for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who helped bring the NBA All Star game to Dallas in February. "They deal with similar issues. They deal with issues with copyright, antitrust, [Federal Communications Commission], all kinds of things. And it's going to bite them in the ass one day."
The Mavs' sellout streak of 334 straight games is not in jeopardy, as Cuban noted that all the tickets had already been sold. Yet he is irked about the likely no-shows.
"Maybe the other leagues, when it comes to supporting them [the NFL], will pull a Jim Irsay and disappear in the middle of the night," Cuban said, referring to the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis that was actually orchestrated by Jim Irsay's father Bob in 1984.
This all sounds like sour grapes to me. Clearly the NFL was going to choose the sexiest matchup for its primetime Saturday night game, and America's Team looking to beat Philly for the third time this year to break its 13-year playoff drought certainly fits the bill.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to respond to Cuban's comments.