(CBS) Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, told reporters Sunday night that he believes the NFL “is 10 years away from an implosion” and that its popularity will soon decline because of its greed.
“I’m just telling you: pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Cuban said, according to ESPN.com. “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. I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule No. 1 of business.”
As an example, Cuban cited the NFL’s continued desire to play games on Thursdays and Saturdays to dominate television ratings as a poor business decision.
This fall, the NFL will showcase 14 Thursday night games and have a Saturday doubleheader in Week 16.
“They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” Cuban said. “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.
“It’s all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.”