Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is always one to tell it like it is, even if you don’t like to hear the truth. In a podcast interview with Megyn Kelly, Cuban blasted the NBA for the reason behind the poor viewership, and he also defended their relationship with China.
Television ratings have hit all-time lows with just 5.7 million viewers tuning into Game 5, according to Nielsen Media Research. And a lot of people think the row latings are due to politics.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with politics. I just think we don’t have the match-up and the storylines, and we didn’t do a good job promoting it,” the Mavs owner said.
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Megyn also pressed him on China:
This is a pretty wild exchange between Mark Cuban and Megyn Kelly in which Cuban says he is “okay” with doing business in a country currently committing a genocide pic.twitter.com/3IBgL3Rf4G
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 12, 2020
.@MegynKelly: “Why would the the NBA take $500+ million from a country engaging in ethnic cleansing?” @MCuban: “Becuz they are a customer of ours, & guess what Megyn? I’m okay w/ doing business with China…We have to pick our battles.”
Starts at 41:35.https://t.co/4XvwANbv64
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) October 12, 2020
Listen to @mcuban tell @megynkelly that it’s fine @NBA prostrates itself for #china & profits from forced Chinese labor because … China is “a customer.” Translation: it pays pic.twitter.com/Wf4ZnAFQLX
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 12, 2020
Some critics have also argued that the league’s public support of Black Lives Matter hurt the NBA with some fans. Whatever the reason, the NBA needs to get back to focusing on their product, and not be so political.
People like sports because its an escape, they don’t want to be reminded while watching how awful the world can be. IMO.