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Mark Cuban continues to put his money where his mouth is

Feb 5, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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Mark Cuban badgers officials. He needles the league office. He antagonizes opposing players and fans. He recently advised me on Twitter to notify him when I got a clue after a crack about Vince Carter.

But he walks the walk.

Cuban notoriously matches every fine he gets from the league for whatever acerbic thing he says or does regarding the officiating of a contest with a donation, and his $75,000 fine for comments the other night is no exception. From ESPN Dallas:

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, continuing his tradition of making a charitable donation to match every dollar the NBA fines him, announced that he will donate $75,000 to 1 Million 4 Anna.

The foundation fights Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of children’s cancer. It is in memory of Anna Lee Basso, who died of the disease at the age of 18 in June.

via Mark Cuban donates $75K to 1 Million 4 Anna – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas.

You may not like Cuban. You may not agree with Cuban. You may desperately wish he’d shut up. But the immense amount of good that he converts his fines into on a consistent basis cannot be ignored.

Cuban spends to get good players. He spends to get quality staff. He spends to have top-rate facilities. He spends to think outside the box. And he spends to turn something stupid into something positive. That’s just Cuban.

  1. rick1v - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Definitely great to see him doing something positive out of this, but his most recent comments still irritate.

    Cuban as well as his fellow owners need to own up to their own responsibilty with respect to the poor officiating. These guys are squeezing way t oo many games into too short a time span – thus you’ve got officials who are overworked, and low and behold, their performance is suffering. And oh by the way, the players performance isn’t what it should be as well – see this year’s drop in scoring averages. Greed wins out over quality of the product.

    • brianspider - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      You imply that officiating wasn’t absolutely horrible before the lockout. Newsflash: it was.

      Officials work 80-100 nights a year and are compensated with 6 figure salaries. Overworked? If only we all could be so lucky.

  2. geraldthecat - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Best owner in sports

    • dirkified - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      best 4 word post I have seen in a long time

  3. khuxford - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    This is why I wish the other leagues would just let him buy a team, like he wants to. He’d be an interesting owner in multiple sports.

  4. charlutes - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    If you don’t like the Cubes it don’t mean there something wrong with the Cubes. There’s something wrong with you!

  5. raidmagic - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Love that guy. I wish he owned my team.

  6. dirkified - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    He knows he is going to get fined when he talks like this.. butwhen your worth 1.5bill.. paying 0.00005% of your net worth is NOTHING.. Got to love the guy, he calls it how he see’s it..

  7. dirkified - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    err.005% its early still lol

  8. glink123 - Feb 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Best owner in sports. He’s exactly the type of person who SHOULD own a pro sports franchise. Wealthy enough to be able to run the team like a hobby, yet smart enough to put a championship product on display, and squeeze out a profit in the process. Best of all, he’s a bona-fide decent human being.

  9. gmsingh - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    It’s nice to see how enthusiastic he is but how many times does he have to prove that money doesn’t buy class?

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