Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Mark Cuban Talks NFL Expansion

May 25, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

1. Mark Cuban: NFL expansion fee would be enormous
Mark Cuban is one of the smartest people in all of sports. Hell, he's one of the smartest people, period. When he talks, you listen, and what he recently told me about NFL expansion is an interesting listen.
I asked Cuban if it was a truly viable option for the NFL to put a team in Las Vegas. His response? 
"Only if it's a multibillion-dollar franchise fee."
Cuban was referring to flat-out expansion, not a team like the Raiders or Chargers relocating.
I must admit, I've never heard a number that high—several billion (plural)—for what it would take to make it worth the NFL's while to expand. Bob McNair paid $700 million for the Houston Texans in 1999, and that was considered the highest expansion fee in the history of American sports. Consider that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in January that for the right to move to Los Angeles, a franchise must pay $550 million.
I asked Cuban ...

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