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FOX Makes Champions League History

Posted on 22. May, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, Soccer

FOX Makes Champions League History

FOX networks keep pushing the envelope in a quest for ratings supremacy with shows like Family Guy and Glen Beck. Who would have thought they could sink so low as to broadcast a nationally televised soccer game? Give credit where credit is due though. FOX made television history this month by being the first network ever to nationally televise a UEFA Champions League final in the United States.

The good folks over at FOX are wicked smart so it is hard to figure out why it took them so long to do something like this. After all, they have an entire channel dedicated to soccer and it has been around for quite some time now. Certainly the anticipation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup this summer helped them see the light.

Add Champions League to an exclusive and elite FOX Sports stable that includes the MLB World Series , NFL Super Bowl, and Daytona 500 just to name a few. The FOX Sports brand is gaining momentum which is a good thing for fans across the country who like to experience a nice balance of sports. FOX has quickly become the network that people go to for sports, politics, and entertainment.

Cuban’s Pride Costs Mavs

Posted on 04. May, 2010 by FSM Staff in Highlight, NBA

Cuban’s Pride Costs Mavs

In a rare display of public humility, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently apologized to the team’s sullen fans. He had hoped to make a bigger impact in Texas and he did not get the job done. The apology came on the heels of yet another disappointing first round departure in the NBA Playoffs.

“I’m not proud of my inability over the last 10 years to have the impact like I want to have, so I kind of feel like I owe fans an apology,” Cuban was quoted as saying after the 4-2 series loss to the San Antonio Spurs. This “kind of” apology is the best you will get from an alpha dog like Cuban. If he had humbled up six years ago, the Mavericks would probably have a championship banner hanging in the rafters.

For those with bad short term memories (and all the potheads out there), here is what happened six years ago. Steve Nash was a free agent for the Dallas Mavericks. Him and Dirk Nowitzki were two peas in a pod. Always on the same page. Instant offense. Nash expressed interest in staying. Mark Cuban expressed interest in keeping him. The Phoenix Suns had plans of their own however and offered Nash $60 million for 6 years, a hefty deal at the time for a point guard who was 30 years old.

Mark Cuban was adamant that he would not match the offer. He kept perseverating on the $60 million dollar price tag on Nash. It seemed to genuinely irk him. He kept mentioning it was a bad contract given Nash’s age. His actions ultimately led fans to believe that he did not think Nash was worth the money. Cuban faced criticism for his views but he never budged. Steve Nash signed with the Phoenix Suns and won two consecutive MVP trophies. It is impossible to say what could have been had Cuban swallowed his pride and opened his wallet.

Cuban’s refusal to resign Steve Nash is perplexing indeed. What was driving his decision? This is the same guy who gave Eric Dampier the kind of contract Nash was asking for (yes, that Eric Dampier). The same guy who gave an aging, ungrateful Jason Kidd a three year $24 million contract extension. Mark Cuban’s excuse of age and money does not stand the test of time. He has a history of paying more for less.

It is easy to sit back and say that the Mavericks would have won a title had the duo of Dirk/Nash remained intact. It is definitely something to consider though as both have three consecutive MVP awards between them.


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