Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s recent actions have sparked widespread speculation about his potential political ambitions, specifically a possible run in the 2024 Presidential election. This conjecture follows two significant announcements from Cuban this week.
Initially, Cuban revealed his departure from the Shark Tank reality TV show, ending a 16-year stint. The news took many by surprise, but it was the subsequent announcement that really set the rumor mill in motion. On Tuesday, Cuban disclosed his decision to sell the Dallas Mavericks to Miriam Adelson, the owner of Las Vegas Sands and the fifth richest woman in America.
Cuban’s interest in the presidency has dated back far
Mark Cuban’s name has previously been associated with presidential aspirations. In a 2017 episode of OBJECTified, he mentioned considering a run against Donald Trump as a Republican, though his family reportedly rejected the idea.
When approached about his potential candidacy in the 2024 Presidential race, Cuban‘s response was definitive. “No chance,” he told TMZ. Reinforcing this stance, he informed NBC News via email that he has “no plans to run” and humorously added that his family “would disown me” if he pursued such ambitions. Notably, this echoes a statement he made to NBC News in July.
Despite relinquishing ownership of the Mavericks, reports indicate Cuban will continue to oversee basketball operations. This aspect of the deal, however, has been met with skepticism. David Samson, former Miami Marlins president, expressed his doubts, especially on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. Samson finds the idea of maintaining control after selling a majority stake implausible, suggesting that the reporting might be inaccurate.
The business world and political pundits alike are keeping a close watch on Cuban‘s next moves. While he has firmly denied any intentions to enter the political arena, his recent business decisions have certainly given rise to more questions than answers about his future endeavors.