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Our New Friend Mark Cuban’s New Football League

A lot of you asked really good questions of Mark Cuban, which he will now pick through and answer.

As it turns out, he’s in the news today for the very topic that several of you raised: his plans to start a new football league to compete with the NFL.

Here are a couple of relevant passages:

“It’s a pretty simple concept,” Cuban said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “We think there is more demand for pro football than supply.” … Cuban said in his e-mail he believes the salary cap makes it easier to compete financially with the NFL because of the salary imbalance that leaves lower-level players with lower salaries. That would allow the new league to fill its rosters with players taken lower than the second round, as well as late NFL cuts and free agents who escape the NFL draft.

All the other rival football leagues that failed did so when the NFL was weaker than it is today — and so I have a hard time imagining that a new rival can prevail. But I also can’t think of anyone better equipped to try than Cuban. I look forward to hearing his answer on the subject.