Mark Cuban suggests NBA must have own World Cup

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Mark Cuban again expressed his dismay upon international tourneys after Paul George’s injury and is suggesting an NBA-sanctioned World Cup.

The Dallas Mavericks owner aired his complaints to FIBA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“But teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets,” Cuban added.

Cuban said the IOC wants the athletes to believe that it is all about patriotism and national pride.

But is is all about teams facing the risks of lending players to national tournaments for IOC’s profit, Cuban said.

Two years ago, Cuban aired the same sentiments via ESPNDallas.com.

“It’s just the epitome of stupidity that we would allow ourselves to be used so other corporations can make tens, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars.”

Cuban suggested an NBA-sanctioned tournament that the league, teams, and players can profit from.

The 56-year-old team owner stated he will continue fighting until players are pulled out, according to ESPN.

“For some sports the Olympics are very, very important. For basketball, it’s meaningless,” he stated.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Cuban is not alone on his sentiments.

There are a number of owners who agree with Cuban’s views but are not making their positions public.

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