October 15, 2021

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Mark Cuban Opens Up About The Pain He Endures In Trading His Players At Mavericks

Mark Cuban is more than just a businessman.

While the billionaire is no doubt tough in the boardroom, he told the “Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn” podcast that as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he “hates” trading away teams.

“I despise it. It irritates me. It irritates me. “I despise it,” Cuban said. “It hurts, but I tell myself it’s like they’re being moved to a different company’s office. ‘Oh, we’re already moving you to Sacramento,” she says.

However, Cuban, who bought the team’s majority stake in 2000 and is known for being a passionate and hands-on owner, says that as difficult as trades are for him, he still feels for the players.

“It’s not easy,” he said, “because you have to uproot your family and deal with all the hassles and all, just as if you were moved at work.”

“It’s difficult to tell anyone they’re leaving when they leave.”

Cuban isn’t just a podcast guest for Holt; they’re both business partners. On NBC’s “Shark Tank,” the host and Matt Walsh, the co-founder of his trophy company TrophySmack, sold Cuban a 17 percent stake in the company for $600,000.

The company creates a wide range of “over-the-top” trophies but specializes in trophies for fantasy sports leagues.

When Glyn asked Cuban what drew him to the pair, he said they have a lot of creativity in a company that doesn’t change all that much.

“It’s all about the trophies… It’s been around for a long time, but it’s also a really copy-oriented industry: “When one company does it, everybody else looks at it and tries to copy it,” he said.

“As a result, you need entrepreneurs who are not only grinders but also agile and ready to leap.”

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