Mark Cuban bans Power Balance for team

It took him this long to figure out Power Balance bands were useless?

Mark Cuban rips NBA over bracelets

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes that one of the NBA’s marketing deals is “a scam,” and he said Monday that he banned the product from the team’s locker room.

Cuban made his opinion clear in a video he posted to YouTube last week in which he criticized Power Balance bracelets before throwing the display case that was in the Mavericks’ locker room in the garbage.

“See this stuff?” Cuban said on the video, grabbing the display. “It was a scam when they were on ‘Shark Tank.’ It’s still a scam. I don’t care if the NBA was dumb enough to sign an agreement; this is going where it belongs.”

“No, I’m allergic to scams,” Cuban said on the February episode of “Shark Tank.” “Seriously, this is not new. It’s been disproven. What you saw is the placebo effect. There’s athletes that wear it. It’s a joke. It’s a scam. It’s not real.”

Well, yay. But it took way too long and fans were likely duped into spending tons of money on these devices. Last year at this time, Power Balance had already filed for bankruptcy and they had already been booted out of legitimacy. So it took them well over a year to come to this conclusion? I’m not feeling confident that the team trainers are coherent. Or…. money?

  5 comments for “Mark Cuban bans Power Balance for team

  1. Douglas Boyle
    November 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Finally a reason for me to have some respect for Mark Cuban.

  2. RayG
    November 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Players Union will make a stink, though… “our members are entitled to receive money from totally useless and crappy products if they want…” Oh yeah, basically that’s the Washington Wizards- they get paid for BEING a crappy and useless product!

  3. Phil
    November 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Good for Cuban

  4. Peter Robinson
    November 27, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    Would have thought the actions of Cuban deserve a strong endorsement as opposed to a lukewarm reception. It may have taken him a while to cotton on, but he has done the right thing. Let’s just hope others follow his lead.

  5. November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM


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