According to the NY Post, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban left a 20k tip for the wait staff at Miami’s Fountainebleau during the Mavs post game celebration. The total tab for the night was $110,000, the majority of the money was spent on a $90,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac Cuban bought for the Mav’s players.
Cuban is the best owner in all of sports, because despite being a billioniare Cuban still manages to make a connection with the everyday fan. Most fans would celebrate the way Cuban did this past week, go to a club hang out with the players and waste money on superficial things without a care in the world. Most owners aren’t like Cuban, can you imagine Jeff Lurie or Bill Giles getting wild in South Beach after a championship with all their players rocking out while Lil Wayne performs?
Fans constantly say well “If I were the owner I would do this…” here is a legit fan, who actually became an owner. Cuban’s number one goal as Mavs owner is to win a championship while running a first class organization, making money off the team appears to come second.
Major League Baseball should be ashamed of its self for not allowing Cuban to own a Major League franchise. One of the team’s Cuban targeted to buy was the Pittsburgh Pirates, from a Phillies fans point of view, thank god he didn’t the Phillies struggle enough with the Pirates as it is now. From a baseball fans point of view, it’s a shame, because the Pirates are a disgrace to the sport.
The story behind the Pirates was, Cuban looked into buying his home town team but the team wasn’t willing to sell to Cuban. However; three years later when the Cubs were for sale, Commissioner Bud Selig told the Associated Press Cuban had zero chance of being approved. Cuban was the highest bidder for the Cubs, bidding 1.3 billion but baseball shot him down. Yet another bad move for baseball, Cuban is a fan and player friendly owner, who wants that in a sport still recovering from a steroids scandal?
Cuban took a Mavericks franchise in shambles and in 11 years made them into NBA Champions, if only Cuban could take his talents to South Philly, and return the Sixers to prominence. Sixers fans can only hope the ownership group that buys the Sixers will be Mark Cuban-like, but that is doubtful because it seems that Mark Cuban is one of a kind.