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Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

Posted on: June 22, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 3:29 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Ross Perot Jr. filed some weird lawsuit against Mark Cuban and the Mavericks in 2009 basically claiming the franchise was being horribly mismanaged.

Cuban responded with what is probably the greatest legal brief in the history of legal briefs (does anyone have a top five off the top of their head?).


If you can't read that, it says, "Under Hillwood’s ownership, the team was deemed the 'worst franchise' in all of professional sports. Under Cuban’s stewardship the Mavericks have become one of the league’s most successful teams and are now NBA champions. Accordingly, there can be no genuine question that Hillwood’s claims of mismanagement lack merit and Hillwood’s claims should be disposed of on summary judgment."

Hillwood being Perot's management company, which owns a five percent stake in the Mavs.

Basically what we have here is Cuban saying, "Scoreboard, b-words." The celebration picture, the "no genuine question" line, the fact that Cuban basically just said, "We won a title. Shut up."

You win Mark. You win. (Slams down gavel.)

Via TBJ
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

GAMEOVER ! 
Mark is Mark.
Learn it
Live it
Like it 



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

Ross Perot will get his money if/when Cuban decides to sell the Mavs.

In the meantime, shut the hell up.  We just won a Championship.  Enjoy it.

Go Mavs Go!!



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

#winning is definately right. Mark Cuban FTW!



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

And now we know the truth on why he kept quiet during the Finals.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

If only every legal dispute could be discussed so succinctly.  Awesome.



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

You do sound smart but you are uninformed on the truth. Why would Mark Cuban not want a franchise in Oklahoma. MMMMMM well lets think OKC is three hours away from Dallas. Oklahoma has no pro sports teams who do you think the people of Oklahoma are going to be fans of. Yes thats right the Dallas Mavericks. By putting a team in OKC it hurt the Mavericks fan base. So to say that Mark Cuban cares about Paul Allen or Seattle is garbage. He is a buisness man and a good one at that;He is worried about his pocketbook. In the future dont make assumptions and try to sound smart.



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

You do sound smart but you are uninformed on the truth. Why would Mark Cuban not want a franchise in Oklahoma. MMMMMM well lets think OKC is three hours away from Dallas. Oklahoma has no pro sports teams who do you think the people of Oklahoma are going to be fans of. Yes thats right the Dallas Mavericks. By putting a team in OKC it hurt the Mavericks fan base. So to say that Mark Cuban cares about Paul Allen or Seattle is garbage. He is a buisness man and a good one at that;He is worried about his pocketbook. In the future dont make assumptions and try to sound smart.



Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:29 am
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

Mark Cuban is a great owner where he interacts with his players in every game. That said and done, he basically sees what his players want and he has the means to give it to them that helps motivate them. Very few owners will likely do what Mark Cuban has done with his team. No doubt that there are a lot of players who wanted to play for Mark Cuban.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:05 am
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

those seatle fan are still sour. The funny thing is you could have kept them but U voted No new stadium. So they left . You The people. The tells me you didnt want them.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:14 am
 

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

First a note on Mark Cuban's participation as a league owner in the NBA. In 2008, after the Seattle Seahawks were hijacked by businessmen from Oklahoma City who had solemnly promised on purchase that they would keep the team in Seattle, Those same owners applied to the NBA for approval to move the team (breaking the hearts of millions of Seattle fans) to Oklahoma City. David Stern orchestrated the move and what David wants, David gets. The owners voted to approve the move by a reported 28-2. The two owners with balls to stand up to David Stern were Paul Allen (Portland Trail Blazers) and Mark Cuban. Paul actually resides in Seattle so his vote is a no-brainer. Mark however, saw what the move would do to Seattle and stood with Paul.

Now about managing the Mavericks. Certainly an NBA championship goes a long way to respond to the claim of mismanagement. However, the Mavericks have had one of the highest payrolls every year of a decade. Mark Cuban has thrown big money after so many JAGs (Just A Guy) while refusing to pay Steve Nash, letting him walk for nothing, that he continues to bleed losses for the club. This is the point - the inefficiencies of the organization and the negative publicity Mark has generated cause minority owners to suffer financial harm.

Some additional examples of mismanagement:

1, Actively planning a victory parade in Dallas after going 2-0 in the 2006 finals only to see it used as motivation for the Miami Heat to win the next four games.

2,Wikipedia notes:
Cuban has been fined by the NBA, mostly for critical statements about the league and referees, at least $1,665,000 for 13 incidents

3.In an interview also noted in Wikipedia, Dirk Nowitzke said:
He's got to learn how to control himself as well as the players do. We can't lose our temper all the time on the court or off the court, and I think he's got to learn that, too. He's got to improve in that area and not yell at the officials the whole game. I don't think that helps us.... He sits right there by our bench. I think it's a bit much. But we all told him this before. It's nothing new. The game starts, and he's already yelling at them. So he needs to know how to control himself a little.
4. The Mavs playoff record with Cuban is 49 wins and 57 losses including series upset losses to underdog teams in many years.

One final note: Mark Cuban is interesting. He acts the part of a teenager when with the team. But he says what he thinks and is willing and able to pay the fines. H. Ross Perot Jr. can only blame himself for keeping a minority interest where he would have no say in the management. Best of luck Mark!


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