Mavs Owner Cuban: NBA To 'Hopefully Play By Mid-May'

Mike Fisher
March 25, 2020 - 9:06 am
Mark Cuban

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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been a powerful voice in the world of Sports and COVID-19, and I presume he's at least as "in the know'' as any of us ... and when it comes to the NBA and the coronavirus, more in the know.

And he is expressing some optimism here.

“Hopefully by the middle of May, we’re starting to get back to normal and the NBA is playing games,” Cuban said to WFAA Monday morning, as transcribed by NBC. “Maybe not with fans, but we’re playing it because sports plays such an important role. You know, people want something to cheer for, people want something to rally around, people want something to be excited about ...''

The second part of Cuban's statement is certainly true, and one both he and NBA commissioner Adam Silver agree upon: We need entertainment. We need sports. We need a sliver of normalcy.

But I watch as one NBA/NHL billionaire owner is cutting back salaries (yes, he's reversed course but the point remains) and I watch Americans crowding airports and frolicking at the beach and ... I'm not sure. I remember Cuban talking about maybe starting play in mid-June, when the NBA Finals usually finish up. And he concedes in this visit that any timetable is just a guess, although an educated one.

“I mean you know no one has perfect information right now, and so all decisions are tough. But, you know, if I had to guess based off the people I’ve talked to at the CDC and other places, I would say that the over/under would be June 1, and I’m taking the under.”