LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: President of HDNet Mark Cuban speaks during the 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour for HDNet held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 8, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
For most NFL fans, the excitement is palpable.
The first primetime NFL Draft is scheduled to begin tonight, ending months of speculation and inducing fervent debate across the national football landscape. Most are coasting through the work day with the knowledge that beer, wings and the NFL's version of Christmas morning await them on the other side.
But not everyone is happy.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has criticized the NFL at least once in the past, is not a fan of the new draft format, which will inevitably steal viewers from tonight's slate of NBA playoff games.
"I just don't think the NFL is playing themselves out to be a good partner," Cuban said, per the Dallas Morning News. "You can't operate professional sports in a vacuum ... It's a cyclical business. Always has been. Always will be. How you treat people when you're at the top is usually a good reflection on how they treat you when you're on your way down."
Cuban continued, per the DMN, that the NBA doesn't play games on the night of the NCAA basketball championship.
Of course, in January, Cuban took aim at "The League" after the Cowboys-Eagles wild card round playoff game was scheduled for a Saturday night, opposite a crucial Mavericks home game.
"I know we're just little piss-ants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues," said Cuban, who, not for nothing, considers Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones a friend. "They don't give a crap about anybody but themselves."