Mark Cuban: MLB 'Bud Selig's Mafia'
Mark Cuban has never been known for keeping his opinions to himself, and a Thursday appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" proved to be no different as the outgoing owner of the Dallas Mavericks pontificated on Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, and Alex Rodriguez.
When asked about what he thought about A-Rod's suspension, Cuban replied that it was "horrible." Then, he continued by saying, "I think it's disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to
him. Look, it's not that he doesn't deserve to be suspended. He does.
They have policies in place: A first-time offender is 50 games, and a
second time is 100. [Two hundred and eleven games], that's personal."
Cuban also pulled from his experiences trying to become an MLB owner to comment on the league and its commissioner:
"I've got to tell you, with my experiences with Major League Baseball --
and after all of this, there's no chance I'm getting to buy a team --
it's basically become Bud Selig's mafia. He runs it the
way he wants to run it. They don't want me to own a team. When I was
trying the buy the Rangers, even after the Cubs, when I was trying to
buy the Texas Rangers, it was an open option. I sat in there with my good, hard-earned money trying to bid, and they
did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had
lawyers in there trying to change the rules; they had people trying to
put up more money. It was horrible."
Despite the rant, it is unlikely that Rodriguez will escape the punishment that, once it goes through the appeal process, will most likely have him suiting up no earlier tham 2015. As for Cuban, he all but assured himself a continued spot on the MLB's "not wanted" list of potential owners.