Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mark Cuban to pick up tab for Mavs championship parade

Mark Cuban
This is what a multi-billionaire pro sports team owner should do. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he will pay for the parade in the city of Dallas to honor his NBA Championship winning team.

Like most cities in America right now, Dallas is struggling with budgets and doesn't really have the money to put on such an event. Dallas city officials though do apparently have a detailed plan of how the parade would go, saying they've been planning on this for years.

With hundreds of thousands possibly attending, it would take thousands of police and hundreds more city workers all on overtime to pull off an event that would go from City Hall to the Mavericks home arena (we don't do sponsors--they got enough pub in the series)

Read more from the Dallas Morning News (non-subscriber story) RIGHT HERE

We say good for Cuban. Although he sometimes does some odd and says some weird things, he pretty much gets it. There should be a rule that pro sports team owners foot the bill for their parades. It's not like they can't afford it. Sure, it is great that fans get to show their civic pride with their team winning, but these days most cities would have a hard time footing a six or seven figure price tag on an event like this.

Here's a story from the folks at WFAA yesterday as the team returned home from Miami:

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