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Facebook’s Awesome IPO


Andrew Ross Sorkin says Facebook’s IPO was a debacle. Mark Cuban says this misunderstands the purpose of an IPO.

Neutral on Net Neutrality


Stephen Green is torn on the issue of net neutrality, with his libertarian side thinking Internet service providers ought to be able to “charge what the traffic will bear” on their equipment while his conservative side preferring to preserve a status quo that works well to an unknown future. I’m on the same fence but […]

Rush Limbaugh Dropped from Rams Bid Team


Missouri native Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from membership in a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams and keep them in the city.  This speeds up the inevitable conclusion fo the NFL’s owners refusing to let the controversial pundit join their ranks. Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a group headed […]

YouTube as Broadcast Network Minor Leagues


The always-provocative Mark Cuban argues that the television networks should do something about a situation where pay for content in order to sell advertising whereas online players like YouTube sell advertising for content others paid for. I think the real approach is for the broadcast networks to “Game” Youtube. There is nothing that says that […]

Innocent Person’s Right Not to Be Executed


Though I follow a number of lawblogs, I missed a rather interesting Supreme Court decision until reading about it on the blog of entrepreneur Mark Cuban. For reasons understandable to those who follow Cuban, he has a Google alert for “prosecutorial misconduct,” which yields more results than one would like. It led him to Michael […]

Quote of the Day – Money Editions

Usain Bolt Kissing Shoe Photo

“Just because Usain Bolt sets a world record every time he runs doesn’t make the other runners slow.” – Mark Cuban, explaining why income disparity isn’t a problem. While it’s a great line, it’s actually a poor illustration.  Races and records are zero sum games.  Bolt’s winning the Olympics and setting a new record deprives other […]

Quote of the Day – Capitalism Edition


“Capitalism isn’t about having the biggest bottom line for the current quarter.  Capitalism is about individuals busting their asses to maximize value for shareholders.  Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture in order to reap the biggest returns. Not all rewards are short term.” – Mark Cuban That’s the bottom line of a […]

One of These Is Not Like the Other


Timothy Sandefur is embarrassed: So I was watching this insane video of Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie discussing the War on Terrorism with Mos Def. And it’s amusing to laugh at the utterly hapless ignorance of “Mr. Def,” as he is repeatedly called—until you stop and wonder. Why is the black community not outraged by […]

Twitter Law: Are Tweets Copyrighted?


Mark Cuban wonders, “Is a tweet copyrightable ?  Is a tweet copyrighted by default when its published ? Can there possibly be a fair use exception for something that is only 140 characters or less ?” I got to thinking about this when I tweeted about an NBA game.  I tweeted to the people who […]

Negative Ghost Rider, The Pattern is Full


Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, notes that only one reporter came by before yesterday’s game to ask questions, an astonishingly low number. I recognize that this is partially a function of the fact that we are in the 8th slot rather than in 1st place. I also recognize that if I resigned […]

The Consensus Fallacy


Thomas Friedman suggests that  what we need to get out of this financial mess is a little more BOGSATT: Which is why I wake up every morning hoping to read this story: “President Obama announced today that he had invited the country’s 20 leading bankers, 20 leading industrialists, 20 top market economists and the Democratic […]

Internet Just Another Utility


Making billions off the excitement of the Internet is so 1990s, says Mark Cuban, who leveraged a software startup into $2 million in seed money to start broadcast.com, which he sold off to Yahoo for $5.7 billion five years later: Its unfortunate, but true. The internet is not a driving force in our economy. Its […]

Mark Cuban vs. SEC


UCLA corporate lawprof Stephen Bainbridge has gone from thinking that the SEC probably had a case against Mark Cuban to thinking they probably don’t, largely on the strength of Cuban’s presenting his case publicly on his “Blog Maverick” site. But that raises another question: Should Cuban be conducting his defense in public on his blog? […]