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djb
04-04-2001, 11:06 AM
Craig James is speaking to my group right now and he had a pretty funny story about Mark Cuban and Broadcasting.com. Cuban approached James and Ross Perot Jr.'s company a few years back trying to strike a deal where AudioNet (predecessor to Broadcast.com) would use content provided by Perot Jr.'s group. They all thought Cuban was a joke, and some of the guys on the board were talking smack to him, saying he was crazy and just full of crap! Cuban offered James 10% of the company, but was declined. A few years later, when Yahoo! bought Broadcast.com for $5 billion, Cuban sent an e-mail to James rubbing it in, cuz he could have been a good $500mil richer!

For anyone who doesn't know who Craig James is, he's an ex-NFL player and current CBS sports broadcaster. Also an SMU alumn i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

Hales233
04-04-2001, 09:23 PM
Is Craig James an arrogant prick or does he just play one on TV?? LOL i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

djb
04-04-2001, 09:27 PM
Nah he was pretty cool i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif Then again, I doubt anyone would go speak before a class and act like a total ass!

Hales233
04-04-2001, 09:28 PM
true dat, i just dont like his pretty boy image on TV

djb
04-04-2001, 09:28 PM
Ya know I don't think I've ever seen him on tv. Maybe I have..when's he on? During college football games or something?

Hales233
04-04-2001, 09:32 PM
he used to do college, now he does pro

LonestarROB
04-04-2001, 09:49 PM
NFL on CBS pre-game i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif . He also has a Dallas Cowboys show. Cowboy Weekly I think it's called.

Flying Tiger
04-11-2001, 03:22 PM
Why do people still rag on Cuban after all of his success?

madape
04-12-2001, 01:25 PM
Why the hell would Cuban off Craig James 10% equity in AudioNet?

djb
04-12-2001, 01:40 PM
Cuban offered the 10% stake in exchange for content, which would have been provided by Ross Perot Jr.'s company. James was associated with Perot's company somehow (don't remember how), but he thought Cuban's company was some kind of scam so he rejected the offer. He wanted at least 50% or something. Most of the guys at Perot's office were supposedly giving Cuban a hard time too. He told us that he visited the AudioNet hq in Deep Ellum and what he saw was a large empty warehouse space with two computer mainframe structures, both with good looking women operating them. After seeing that, he thought it was all a scam i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif This story was told to us in a lighthearted manner, so it's not like he hates Cuban or vice versa. Just something funny to look back on. If only he had believed in Cuban, there would be an extra $500 mil with his name on it!