Mark Cuban: A Billionaire That Needs Even More Credit

Derek CrouseContributor IIIMay 24, 2011

The Mavericks would not be in this position without Cuban
The Mavericks would not be in this position without CubanChristian Petersen/Getty Images

Mark Cuban is known mostly for being the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Currently, the Mavs are looking to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to reach the NBA Finals.

While many think that businessmen shouldn’t be so brash, Cuban is a pioneer who doesn’t fit the mold of your typical entrepreneur. There are certain owners, promoters and business types who don’t like the style and approach that Cuban has, but that is one of the reasons behind his success.

Unlike Warren Buffet, Cuban can be seen not just discussing how to manage a portfolio and advising in the financial landscape, but also pushing the limits in other ventures throughout the sports, technology and entertainment world.

When Cuban purchased the Mavericks in 2000, the team was at the bottom of the food chain.

They were the laughing stock of the league and the change was definitely needed. As an owner, he is usually courtside being very vocal with referees, players and fans like a loyal supporter of the team.

Most owners stay in the press box with their group of suits, but most know that Cuban’s style is very unorthodox. He also encourages fans to contact him directly, and has answered thousands of e-mails over the years.

That alone sets him apart from even a state politician.

Cuban has even put his mark on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

He is the creator and owner of HDNet, a cable-satellite channel that mostly is geared towards a male demographic. It boasts more MMA, K-1 and combat sports coverage than any other channel, as well as high-production music concerts and videos.

They have a show called Inside MMA that is hosted by Kenny Rice & Bas Rutten, who is one of the most respected fighters ever.

It follows a SportsCenter like format with usually a two to three guest panel once a week.

Many fighters and promoters have said that Mark Cuban has done more to bring exposure to the sport than anybody out there.

Having a powerful businessman behind your sport is always a plus. It was just 10 years ago that only hard-core fight fans knew a large amount of fighters. Now, you see kids and parents alike supporting the fight game. While Cuban will never admit it, he has to take some credit for sticking his neck out for something that was a proven commodity.

Even Dana White has decided to let HDNet in on more UFC coverage, which had been an obstacle of Cuban’s for awhile.

The sport of baseball has even had the mark of Cuban on it.

The country is showing a loss of attention to the sport of baseball, but that hasn’t stopped Cuban from wanting a piece of the pie. He has been on the record pushing to own teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

Many people were clamoring for Cuban to take over the Cubs because of what he has done with the Mavericks. He would of made the older-style clubhouse on Clark and Addison into a technology driven machine, much like he did in Dallas.

The owners voted that Cuban would not even have the option to bid, but he still supports baseball in a way many of the owners should appreciate because it leads to future stars in their sport.

Cuban has invested in the Little Heroes Baseball Foundation. It basically helps park districts maintain baseball fields to high standards. A baseball field seems basic, but many townships and districts don’t have the revenue to keep up the grounds.

A basketball court can last many years without a large-scale budget to be playable, but many fields have been removed because of cost. Cuban might not be able to own a team, but he keeps kids interested in the sport with his involvement at a grassroots level.

Ironically, Cuban is a true “Maverick” through and through. He is resilient, innovative, willing to take risks, ambitious and puts his money where his mouth is.

That sometimes puts him in a negative light with soft-spoken individuals, but he doesn’t look in the rear-view mirror.

The Mavs would not be in their current situation without the leadership of their loyal owner.