Is Mark Cuban retarded?

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.

  • kentyman

    That’s the face of a man who just saw a spinning back scrotum kick in 3D.

  • JoJo

    Actually, the 3-d thing is a new format coming out. You’ll find that alot of newer tv’s are ’3-d ready’, thats probably what he’s talking about.

  • http://www.myspace.com/96273771 Tommy

    Philips is coming out with a 3-d tv supposedly.

  • Cyrus

    Thinking of 3-D over the 10 year or 20 year run is just a smart investing *opportunity* for a guy like Cuban. Why? Sports has always been a push for new formats and technologies in broadcasting. Football, Baseball, Boxing, Nascar, etc. (not news, TV, or movies) were the real frontrunners for HDTV technology when it emerged. It pushed TV’s, syndication, public interest. Cuban sure knows about setting and predicting broadcast technology trends. There’s a reason why it’s called HDNET.

    So.. I doubt Cuban is banking any 3D technology on MMA alone. If he was, he’d be crazy. Well he is crazy. He’s just a lose 250K on sporting commission fines just to say “FUCK YOU” kind of eccentric, but not a lose 10 billion on a ill conceived format crazy. I’m guessing this is just one of the hundred things he’s dabbling with, which seems appropriate. It could be applied to MMA some day. I’d love to watch what looks like a real fight right on a $3,000 TV in 10 years or so. Some nerd in a lab better be working on that shit quick, son. I’m with ya, fightlinker.. The power glove was a cool idea – but, when it came out, it sucked ass. Just like Jaws 3D. But, there’s the WII. Which isn’t great – but.. it’s getting better.

    And that’s the closest to an essay you’ll get out of my ass. Go fuck yourselves.

  • Cyrus

    Oh I forgot, and for the celebrity stuff… I’m still waiting for the first real fall-from-grace celebrity Porn (I.E. Miz Spears) to emerge. So, yeah.. I’d like to see Kevin Arnold armbar someone, sure. There’s enough no-talent hacks in MMA right now like Tank Abbott who are little more than actors who fight, so I don’t see the difference.

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    Tank Abbott acts? I can imagine the movie credit: “Fat washed-up fighter with unfortunate facial hair”

  • Xavier

    Did you miss the proelite/mark burnett announcement of a celebrity MMA reality show starring jose canseco and herschel walker “amongst others” that they’re trying to sell to networks?

    Absolutely retarded.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    Yeah I actually got the two dumb ideas mixed up at first.
    Dana White was probably pretty worried when he heard about Burnett coming on board. Now I bet he’s laughing

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    hey, what about ricco rodriguez on “celebrity rehab” or whatever the next bullshit “reality show” my girlfriend is going to force me to watch is called? Did you catch Ricco on “Human Weapon” on the Hitler Channel? He was FUBLY. He looked…kind of like me, except he has a tan, and can grow facial hair. And twitched a lot less.

  • ted dibiase

    lmao garth, its totally the hitler channel. and ricco looked more out of shape than Bill “GoldBum” Duff.

    im sure cuban wont follow thru with these stupid ideas. hes simply grabbing headline, which is smart. id think fightlinker would be able to see thru the smoke screen. maybe hes just desperate for something to write about.

    how ya gonna call cuban retarded? he could buy you.

  • http://www.shcmarketing.com hbdale309

    I got one word for ya… Bonadouche.

  • http://www.63fight.com Roxy

    I just had to say, I was scrolling down your page and I’m extremely amused at your choice of titles for your articles. *laugh*

  • kentyman

    Roxy, do you live anywhere near Fightlinker? I think y’all should try hanging out sometime.

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