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    Stern upset with Cuban's comments

    NBA commissioner critical of Cuban's Bryant comments

    Aug. 5, 2003 wire reports

    NEW YORK -- NBA commissioner David Stern criticized Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Tuesday after Cuban said the league can't help but benefit financially from the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.
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    "Any suggestion that there will be some economic or promotional benefit to the NBA arising from the charge pending against Kobe Bryant is both misinformed and unseemly," Stern said in a statement issued by the league office.

    "That idea does not reflect the views of the NBA, NBA owners generally, or others associated with our sport," Stern said.

    Cuban, the most outspoken of the league's 29 owners, has said the NBA is bound to get an economic boost when Bryant returns to the court for the Los Angeles Lakers because it will draw the interest of casual fans and non-fans.

    Bryant is due to appear in court Wednesday in Eagle, Colo., where he will be formally informed of the charges against him.

    Cuban appeared on the television show "Inside Edition" on Monday night and said of the case: "From a business perspective, it's great for the NBA. It's reality television, people love train wreck television and you hate to admit it, but that is the truth, that's the reality today."

    He made similar comments to The Associated Press for an article published last week, and he expounded on his belief Tuesday in a 35-minute radio interview in New York and in an e-mail.

    "From a business perspective, the UNFORTUNATE REALITY is that in this country notoriety sells. You only need to look at Mike Tyson as the #1 draw in boxing as proof," Cuban wrote. "I went back and tried to find examples in the entertainment business where it hurt. I couldn't."

    Cuban went on to explain that the Bryant case is a tragedy for everybody involved, along with their families. Cuban also acknowledged that the economic effect of the Bryant case is a difficult subject to discuss.

    "It will draw viewers," Cuban wrote. "I'm not saying this a good thing. I'm not saying it's a positive reflection of who we are as a country. It's just reality. It sells papers, it increases TV ratings. The NBA will benefit from that."

    The statement issued by Stern was the commissioner's first public upbraiding of Cuban in a while.

    The NBA has fined Cuban more than $1 million since he purchased the team in January 2000, mostly for criticizing referees, but Cuban made it through last season without incurring any fines.

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    I like Cuban I wish all owners were like him. And I think he's right, this will probably help the NBA more than it will hurt it.

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    cuban is right and publicity is good for any business good or bad...Now Cuban said no it is not the right thing to do,but from a business standpoint it sells...

    He didn't say what kobe may or may not have done is wrong, but the publicity, there was a reason that Cuban, was always in the papers a couple of years ago. He knew that it creates interest, and it did, I bet he made more than he was fined.

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    Cubin is the man...thats the truth...hes a business man and a fan at the same time..hes the way owners should be...he wants to win
    and he backs up what he says, remember the Dairy Queen incident...he owned up to it

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    The difference b/t Stern and Cuban:

    Mark Cuban is an honest, straight-forward business man who's not afraid to speak his mind, and do so frankly.

    David Stern is a lawyer

    That's all you need to know to see who's the devious, manipulative, deceitful one.

    I totally agree with Cuban.

    Assuming Kobe gets to play...the very first game is on TNT for this NBA season, and should garner tremendous ratings

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