Monday, February 12, 2007

I love Mark Cuban

For all the inter-dude bickering about the respective postseason prospects of the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, I must admit one thing - I unabashedly love Mark Cuban. First of all, what's not to like about (1) spoiling all of your players with the best facilities in the NBA; (2) not hesitating about accruing fines to support your team; (3) being such a visible presence at the games; and (4) running a blog that's almost as popular as ours. But, then he says this about gay athletes, and especially, any active gay athlete that would come out: "You would be an absolute hero to more Americans than you can ever possibly be as an athlete, and that'll put money in your pocket. On the flip side, if you're the idiot who condemns somebody because they're gay, then you're going to be ostracized, you're going to be picketed and you're going to ruin whatever marketing endorsements you have."

Though I would take issue with him commodifying one of the more difficult decisions I would imagine an athlete could make (unlike, for example, Jackass Clemens' decision of which team to be a mercenary for), you have to applaud him for taking such a strong stance against the Shavlik Randolphs of the world.

I hope that when Dirk finally comes out, Mark Cuban is fully in his corner.


Head Dude said...

The guy definitely has an incredible mind, and what I like most is he's willing to state interesting opinions even if, at first, they sound too bottom-line oriented.
But he's absolutely right about this -- the gay community is the largest group of consumers in the country, because most don't have kids to worry about, and targeted advertising is a huge money-maker in the gay community. So there's no question if Juwan Howard admitted he's gay, he'd make millions in endorsements.

The Franchise said...

Wait... the gay community is the largest group of consumers in the country? I thought current scientific estimates were that about 10% of the overall population had homosexual leanings, and not all of those who do act on them. That would make the gay community a demographic to be reckoned with, for sure, but not the largest consumer group.

That being said, I don't see any reason to doubt that they would rally around one of their own, so Cuban is probably right. Will that encourage the 30 or 40 NBA players that math suggests are gay to come out? I highly doubt it...

Grizzly said...

On the topic of Dirk, they said during the playoffs last year that he calms himself during games by humming Hasselhoff's "Looking For Freedom" to himself.

What "freedom" might he be looking for? I think you guys are on to something.

Head Dude said...

Tylwalk, I meant that the gay community spends more consumer money per capita than any other demographic group in the country. Let's just say my people aren't in the running for the award.

I'll say this about Dirk -- his private life in Dallas stays very private. And while Modano was the king of bachelors until recently, Dirk never seemed to gain the throne. I'd be happy for the guy, though then that might mean Nash has some explaining to do with the Mrs.