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League fines Mark Cuban $50,000 for criticizing officials

Jan 8, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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If you are Mark Cuban, do you just put a line in your personal annual budget that reads “league fines — $100,000” and assume you’ll end up having pay it?

As expected, the league has fined Marc Cuban $50,000 for his tweet and comments criticizing officials recently. The league did not formally announce this fine (as they do with player fines) but the Associated Press got a league spokesman to confirm it.

Cuban both tweeted his frustration out, apologizing to NBA fans for the officials and saying, “I’ve tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any suggestions? I need help.” He also told about how the Mavs have stopped sending in video to the league office because it doesn’t do any good.

The second Cuban hit send on that tweet, he had to know the fine was coming. It’s probably within his budget.

  1. spthegr8 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Since he ALWAYS has got SOMETHING 2 say. He should take a lil money out & invest in a MUSLE!!! Too save himself from himself!! Just Saying!!

  2. sunsation3413 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Even though I’m a Suns fan I love Cuban. He is a great young owner that has brought a new freshness to the league. He’s a businessman but also is competitive and wants to win. He certainly can afford a few fines from the league and more power to him for being one of the few thats willing to speak up for what he believes.

  3. saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    does he look like a guy who keeps a personal annual budget?

  4. cowboychris5xchamps - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    To Cubes that’s $50!!! Next story…..

    • shzastl - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      If that!

  5. jhuck92 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    With a record like what the Mavs have now, he should be complaining for every call. He’s still annoying, though.

  6. ron05342 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    According to Wikipedia, Mark Cuban’s net worth is $2.3 billion.

    Let’s say the average person out there has a net worth of $230,000 (I know this is probably high but it fits for calculation purposes).

    That means $50,000 to Mark Cuban would equal $5 to the average person.

    Big hammer, NBA. BIG.

    • chicitybulls - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      I get what you’re saying and agree that he wont feel it much but that’s the precedent as far as fines. You can’t really fine a guy based on how much he has. I think they do do that in Sweden or something with traffic fines. Your fine is based on your income. I like that idea because mine are too damn high.

  7. BigBeachBall - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    the reason the refs suck is because they have coaches and several players in there ear… on top of that, there are players bumping, pushing, and nudging them like Rondo does…. direct the fines towards the players and the quality of the officiating will get better….

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      the reason the refs suck is:

      1. too many white refs
      2. too many old, slow and fat refs.
      3. too many refs with bad eyes.
      4. too many refs out of position.
      5. too many refs who have bad attitudes.

      • raidmagic - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        What does their skin color have to do with anything? Racist much?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        White men can’t jump.

  8. thestewman3 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Has Cuban ever complain that his team was the beneficiary of a bad call?

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