It’s safe to say you can cross Mark Cuban off the list of potential billionaires that may be interested in purchasing the Carolina Panthers now that current owner Jerry Richardson has announced his plans to put the team up for sale.
The Dallas Mavericks owner has publicly stated (on more than one occasion) that he believes the NFL is decline due to oversaturation, growing concerns over the risk of long-term injuries associated with playing football, and a steady rise in the average age of NFL viewers.
Cuban’s name came up as a potential buyer almost immediately after the Panthers released their formal statement that revealed Richardson’s plans to sell the franchise following the 2017 season.
“Not interested at all in any NFL franchise,” Cuban said on Monday in an email to The Dallas Morning News. “Why would I buy an NFL team if I think the league is in decline?”
If Cuban had any intentions of buying the Panthers, the controversial NBA owner would have to sell majority ownership of the Mavericks due to the NFL’s cross ownership rules.
In his email, Cuban made it clear that he won’t be selling his NBA franchise anytime in the near future.
“There’s no team I would want other than the Mavericks, certainly no football team in the universe,” Cuban said. “There’s not even a close second.
“I love the Mavs. I love Dallas. I mean, Charlotte’s a great city, but there’s nothing I don’t like here – other than losing right now. I would never turn my back on the city of Dallas.
“Like I’ve always said, Dallas has given me so much. And what am I going to say to my son and his friends or my daughter and her friends: ‘Oh, yeah: football’s dangerous for you, but I bought a football team.
“I know I’m a hypocrite from time to time, but I really, really, really try not to be.”