Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is the team’s biggest fan, but he officially has a new team to cheer for as he became the owner of a franchise in the VIBE Pickleball League on Nov. 3. The expansion league will feature six teams in a sport that is exploding in popularity.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Draymond recently made headlines by investing in pickleball, but they are a part of Major League Pickleball. Cuban’s ownership is in a rival league as the sport attempts to gain more national recognition.
The Mavs owner is fired up by his latest investment. Here is a quote from Cuban, and a look at his Tweet announcing his ownership stake in the expansion league.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban invests in pickleball league
Pickleball was a go-to sport for players during their downtime in the NBA bubble in 2020, and it has been exploding in popularity ever since. Professional leagues are popping up all over the place as the sport attempts to gain more mainstream viewers. Here is what Cuban had to say about his latest investment.
"Just like millions of other Americans, I've been following pickleball over the past few years, and I couldn't pass up the chance to invest in the fastest-growing game in the country. VIBE presents an unparalleled opportunity to launch a new pro league that will feature the best of the best in a highly competitive setting. I can't wait to be a part of it."
If you could not tell that Cuban is excited about his latest investment, he offered this on Twitter on Thursday morning.
What will Cuban’s team look like? The VIBE Pickleball League is set to have an expansion draft in December, and the first season will take place next year on a schedule to be announced at a later date. It is sponsored by the Professional Pickleball Association Tour, and Cuban is the first announced owner in the 6-team league. Fans can read more about the new league here.
Fans can be sure that Mark Cuban will be in attendance to support his team, and he will be their biggest fan. Stay tuned for more on this developing story and all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks at The Smoking Cuban.