I want to preface these three reasons by saying that I really like Mark Cuban as a businessman and as a person. I’ve seen him do some great things for less fortunate people and is one of the most accessible people around the celebrity ranks. He does great things with his blog and even had a TV show I enjoyed. I just don’t want him to own the Cubs.
Reason # 1 – Cubes is a Pittsburgh fan. It’s not secret that he was born in Pittsburgh. In 2005, he expressed interest to join up with Dan Marino, Andy Murstein, and Walnut Capital principals Gregg Perelman and Todd Reidbord to acquire the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has also expressed interest in owning the Pittsburgh Pirates (Source). Last I checked, the Pirates are in the NL Central. I understand that they don’t often make any noise of late, but why do I want someone who is a Pirate fan owning my team in the same division? It’s a conflict of interest. I want someone who’s going to understand Chicago and what this team means to the city. Dallas and Pittsburgh are totally different than the City of Chicago. I don’t think Mark Cuban would get that.
Reason # 2 – He’s obnoxious in his sideline antics. Say what you want about how he’s the “ultimate fan” and how he would bring an air of passion to the team. Baseball is not like basketball. It’s a different sport. It’s classy and has a rich history. I want a front office that is going to conduct themselves professionally. Whether you want that or not, you can’t deny that Cuban has brought his fair share of negative press to the NBA and to the Mavericks. Fights with David Stern make him look ignorant. I don’t want to see the Cubs, who have a great reputation in terms of being fan favorites, turn into a nationally hated team like the Yankees.
Reason # 3 – What has he ever won? I’m not talking about as a businessman. I’m talking about championships. His teams, with all the money he’s put on the table, has never won the championship. I think we’ve learned over the past 10 years that it’s not all about the money. Look at some of the teams just eliminated from the playoffs and those who didn’t qualify. You can’t just throw money on the table and expect that to yield a championship.
So who do I want to own the Cubs? Don Levin and Buddy Meyers. Levin and Meyers, in case you’re not familiar with them, are the co-owners of the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves have been around for a little over 10 years and have won three championships in that short time. They have eclipsed the Blackhawks in Chicago hockey popularity and have become one of the most successful minor league hockey franchises around. The two business owners have expressed interest in buying the team.
“I’m realistic enough to know that I might not get it, “but I certainly hope that whoever gets it is local and that they have the passion to want to win, not just to play. My dream in life is to be involved in a World Series. Personally, I’d like to do it against [White Sox Chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf. He’s the only other guy who likes to win as much as I do.” ~ Don Levin
That’s the kind of guy I want as my new owner. He cares about the city, about the team, and about sticking it to the White Sox.