I’ll give Mark Cuban a pass on throwing underwhelming events because it’s smart business to start small and work your way up. However, I’m not gonna give him a pass when newspapers print ideas like this that sound like they were developed during a mushroom bender:
Cuban plans to distinguish HDNet Fights with innovations that include live broadcasts in theaters and the use of 3-D. Another addition under consideration is staging a celebrity version.
Okay, the live broadcasts in theaters isn’t too outlandish of an idea. The WWE already does this in Canada and I’ve actually tried to get the rights to do that with UFC PPVs in Montreal. But 3D and celebrity MMA?
The only celebrities you’re going to get to fight in MMA are D-listers who can’t even land a spot in VH1 shows. Dear god, this is a perfect example of history trying to repeat itself. Cuban seems to think he can transfer some of the Dancing with the Stars magic to MMA. Can no one make Cuban watch FOX’s Celebrity Boxing so he can realize how sleazy this concept would actually turn out?
3D … how about concentrating on 2D MMA for now, Cuban? If you’re trying to revolutionize MMA, how about doing it by beating the UFC in conventional means, not with the use of a hokey concept that peaked back in the early 80’s. It’s never gonna get better than Jaws 3D, man. So just drop it.