The NFL pretty much mints money for its owners. It is the unquestioned biggest sporting league in the United States. It is an 800 pound gorilla — it gets whatever it wants.
Mark Cuban thinks that will be its undoing. And soon.
Cuban owns an NBA team in a football city and had some interesting comments on the NFL and its plan to expand its television package to other nights in speaking with ESPNDallas.com (via Eye on Basketball).
“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday evening when his pregame conversation with reporters, which covered a broad range of topics, swayed toward football. “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.
“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 number one of business.”
Personally, I don’t see it. There certainly is no evidence of this.
Americans can’t get enough of the NFL and by the nature of the sport there is a limited supply — 16 games and just one a week — to help keep demand high. I don’t think expanding their television package — games Sunday, Monday and Thursday — really hurts that balance (expanding the league to 18 games a season would be worse for the league, in my opinion).
It is possible that football’s popularity ebbs some over time — there was a time horse racing was the king of American sports — but certainly not in 10 years.
Where the NBA has an advantage over the NFL is the global aspect of the game. Football is American. While it gets played a little overseas it is only really popular in America. Basketball is wildly popular around the globe. It gives the NBA a much bigger market to tap into over time.
But that doesn’t mean football is going anywhere domestically.