MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12: Team owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks is interviewed in the locker room after the Mavericks won 105-95 againstv the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Mark Cuban has wanted to break into Major League Baseball for a long time.
He's flirted with buying the Pittsburgh Pirates, his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs and most recently the Texas Rangers before he was outbid by the current Nolan Ryan ownership group last year.
But it's not an issue of money with the Mavericks owner, obviously. It's an issue of the "good ol' boy" mentality in baseball and commissioner Bud Selig not wanting anything to do with the "Maverick", pun intended, owner. That also includes former MLB commish Fay Vincent, who tried to rain on the Mavericks and Cuban's parade last week with some unprovoked comments.
Now, one of the most coveted franchises in baseball is up for grabs after commissioner Bud Selig rejected a proposed TV deal that would've finalized the nasty, lenghty divorce of current Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt and kept the team in one of their hands. Now, that's all in question.
Cuban has always been shunned by Selig and many of the league's owners, which is a joke considering they thought the McCourts would be good owners for such a storied franchise, which they in turn have ruined with their outrageous spending on personal stuff like houses and extravagant vacations paid for with money borrowed against the Dodgers. That's ridiculous and disgusting. And Rangers fans thought they hated Tom Hicks. The Dodgers are now being run by MLB like the Rangers were before Ryan swooped in to save the day.
Cuban said he'd be interested if he felt the situation was fixable, which unfortunately for Dodgers fans, doesn't look too likely at the moment.
"But if it's just so screwed up, that the pieces are so messed up, that it takes 20 years to fix. ... I mean, there's literally franchises out there that are just in such disarray and such a mess, in multiple leagues, that no one can fix them," Cuban told TMZ.com.
"If the deal is right and they're fixable, then I'm very interested."