Mark Cuban Visits UF

The outspoken, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks has often been fined by the NBA for speaking his mind.  Monday night at the Phillips Center, the opposite happened.  The University of Florida paid him.

Discussing a multitude of topics ranging from sports to business, Cuban told his audience the same thing he tells his players…being successful is about how much effort you give. Starting out as a college student sleeping on a beer stained mattress, Cuban transformed himself into a tech savvy entrepreneur who is now worth over $2.3 billion.

A brief speech was followed by a Q&A session, during which the 54 year old fielded questions from the crowd of nearly 800 people.

When one person asked Cuban, who has a knack for being on the cutting edge, about the next big innovation in sports, Cuban said he expects to see an improvement in the experience fans get when they go to games.

Cuban adds that watching a game at home offers many benefits that going to a game doesn’t.  Fans can watch the game in high definition, in the comfort of their own living room, and with cheaper beer prices.  But televisions aren’t the only devices that are keeping fans from going to games.  Cuban says getting fans to put down their cell phones is also a priority.

The Mavs are in the midst of a four day break, but Cuban will be back with his team before they return to action.  Dallas will be in Los Angeles taking on the Clippers tomorrow.

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