Graduates from Indiana

Graduates from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. At the IU Business School I learned how to learn. When you know how to learn, then you’re a student for the rest of your life, and I think to enjoy the experience of being a student for […]

Buys pub

Cuban buys a pub in Bloomington, Ind., called Motley’s. It quickly becomes a popular hangout for both Indiana University students and professors. I would go there, underage. And then we threw a couple of parties there. The only time they had crowds in there was when we threw our parties, and I thought, well, if I […]

Let’s Go, Mavs!

Cuban’s first children’s book, Let’s Go, Mavs!, is published by Mascot Books. It’s all about good sportsmanship. It can be read by parents or by older kids. The message is simple but important.

Finances Sharesleuth

Finances, a website created by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigative reporter Christopher Carey to uncover fraud and misinformation in publicly traded companies. is what it is. It’s paid for by my trading based on the information we uncover.


HDNet is rebranded as AXS TV (pronounced “access”). Its schedule includes music, comedy, reporting and martial arts programming. The network is owned by a consortium comprising AXS TV LLC (founded by Cuban as HDNet in 2001), Ryan Seacrest, Anschutz Entertainment Group and Creative Artists Agency. One of our tag lines is ‘by the time you see […]

Launches HDNet

Launches HDNet with Philip Garvin, owner of Colorado Studios and Mobile TV Group. It airs a variety of programs, all in high definition. You don’t have to be the biggest to beat the best, but you do have to outwork the bigger players.

HDNet Fights premiers

HDNet Fights, a mixed martial arts promotion which airs exclusively on HDNet, premiers with a card headlined by a fight between Erik Paulson and Jeff Ford, as well as fights featuring veterans Drew Fickett and Justin Eilers.  Beyond live events, we have the only weekly news show dedicated to Mixed Martial Arts on television.

The Benefactor

The Benefactor, a series involving contestants trying to win $1 million by participating in various contests – with their performances being judged by Cuban –  premiers on ABC.  I want every U.S. resident 21 and older to apply. Everyone has dreamed of getting rich, and I want to help one lucky person get there. This isn’t traditional […]

Invests in high-tech toilet seat

Cuban invests $1.3 million in Brondell Inc., a San Francisco startup making a high-tech toilet seat called a Swash that works like a bidet but mounts on a standard toilet. It cleanses with a spray of warm water, relieving people from the hassles of toilet paper, and has a heated seat. Its top-of-the-line model also comes with a warm-air dryer and […]

The Benefactor canceled

The Benefactor is canceled due to poor ratings before the full season airs. It is reduced to six episodes from an intended eight. A letter from Donald Trump to Cuban following the announcement read: I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been canceled for lack of ratings. When I initially called you to congratulate […]

Fined for yell

Cuban is fined $25,000 by the NBA for yelling at Denver Nuggets’ J.R. Smith at the end of the first half of the Mavericks-at-Nuggets game played on January 13. Cuban was apparently incensed that Smith had thrown an elbow that barely missed Mavericks forward Antoine Wright.  The NBA tells me a tech should have been called on […]

Sues UFL over $5 million loan

Cuban files a federal lawsuit against the United Football League for their failure to repay a $5 million loan by the October 6, 2010 deadline. Cuban refuses to comment, but UFL spokesperson Michael Preston says: As we have said previously, we like many companies regrettably do not always meet our intended turnaround on payments in […]

Loans UFL $5 million

Loans the newly formed United Football League (UFL) $5 million. He will not own a franchise or be involved in the day-to-day operations of the league or of any of its teams. I didn’t want to take on the responsibility of a franchise. It will make things really interesting, potentially. Now if there’s not a […]

Overpass collapse: at least two dead

At least two people are killed and at least 15 people injured when an overpass collapses in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte. A city bus and several vehicles were crushed after a part of a bridge, which was under construction, fell onto a busy highway. The overpass, which was supposed to have been […]

Apologizes for bite

Suarez offers a public apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s World Cup game against Italy on June 24. The apology comes after Suarez was banned for nine games and suspended from all soccer-related activities for four months for the incident.   The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of […]

Netherlands come back, beat Mexico

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores an injury-time penalty to give the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. It is awarded after Rafael Marquez brings down Arjen Robben in the area. Giovani Dos Santos gives the Mexicans the lead in the 48th minute, but Wesley Sneijder equalizes for the Dutch in the 88th minute. Says […]

Starts, a grassroots online portal for overseeing the U.S. government’s $700 billion bailout of financial institutions. Transparency is key to the success of the Bailout and related loans and investments the government makes with our tax dollars. Without complete transparency, we will get from our government what we always get when it comes to finances – confusion.

Record e-commerce jet purchase

Cuban is credited with the largest single e-commerce transaction by The Guinness Book of Records after he pays $40 million for his Gulfstream V jet. Since I’ve owned the GV there are too many examples to count of how the airplane has helped me. Flying out after a late-night game to be at a meeting the […]

Announces Stimulus Plan

Announces what he calls the Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan, which entails people posting ideas that fit certain criteria with the hope that he will either fund them, or other individuals will take up the ideas. The idea is not just to help you, but to figure out how to help the economy through hard work […]

Keeps Magnolia and Landmark

Cuban decides to keep Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures after failing to attract bids for the assets. We haven’t received any offers. For the right price we would still sell.

Landmark and Magnolia for sale

Cuban puts Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures up for sale. Prices for entertainment properties have gone up considerably. We will only sell if the price is right. Otherwise, we are happy to keep on making money from the companies.

Magnolia Pictures

2929 Entertainment puts seed money into the launch of Magnolia Pictures, which is formed  by Bill Banowsky and Eamonn Bowles. It specializes in both foreign and independent films. Mark and I pay for this, and nobody else does. Not Sony Pictures Classics, not Harvey and not IFC. – 2929 Entertainment co-owner Todd Wagner.

Buys Landmark Theatres

2929 Entertainment buys Landmark Theatres, which now owns 58 theatres in 23 markets. The chain, founded by KimJorgensen in 1974, primarily shows independent and foreign films. Going to the theater is something that will never be replicated at home. However, unlesswe give movie goers a reason to go, they won’t.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is an American businessman born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1958. He founded MicroSolutions and sold it to  to CompuServe for $6 million in 1990, then five years later founded Audionet (later with fellow Indiana alum Todd Wagner. The pair sold the Internet sports broadcasting site to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion in stock. He now […]

Magnolia Home Entertainment

2929 Entertainment creates Magnolia Home Entertainment to release its films over home video. It is run by Randy Wells, the former head of home entertainment for Miramax. We like controversial subjects, but we are agnostic to which side the controversy comes from.

Mavericks win NBA Finals

Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat 105-95 to clinch their first NBA title, winning the series 4-2. It’s been 31 years for all of us here in Dallas and I know it’s just as special for each of you as it is for me. … We’ve got one and we’re going to keep on trying to get more.

Yahoo! acquires

 Yahoo acquires for $5.7 billion in stock and renames it Yahoo! Broadcast Solutions.  After we sold, I hedged my stock with synthetic indexes, in case the market cratered in the six months before I could hedge my actual Yahoo shares. It cost me $20 million, but I protected what I had. Todd Wagner and […]

AudioNet becomes changes its name to We were serving audio and video live and on demand to more than 1mm (million monthly) unique users per day. We had full-length audio books, full-length CDs, full-length movies, TV shows. You name it. We gave you realtime statistics of how many people were watching your video, and if […]

Co-founds AudioNet

 With fellow University of Indiana graduate Todd Wagner, co-founds, a web site enabling access to live sports games online. Its initial live broadcasts take place later in September 1995.

Mark Cuban born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark Cuban is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Norton and Shirley Cuban. He grows up in the suburb of Mount Lebanon.  We were middle class, so we never suffered, we never went hungry, but we certainly were never frivolous either. I got yelled out if I left lights on or took too long in the shower. […]

Buys Dallas Mavericks

Cuban purchases the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks for $285 million from Ross Perot Jr. I was at opening night with my then girlfriend, now my wife, the ’99-2000 season. It wasn’t a sellout, there was no energy in the building. It was then, literally not a day before, and I said, ‘You know what, I can do […]

Cuban, Stewart marry

Marries advertising saleswoman Tiffany Stewart in Barbados. The couple started dating after meeting at a gym.

$25,000 fine for Twitter ref criticism

Cuban is  fined $25,000 for criticizing the referees on Twitter after a 103-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He complains that Denver’s J.R. Smith was not called for coming off the bench to taunt Antoine Wright after he missed a shot near the Nuggets bench.

Guest stars on The Simpsons

The Burns and the Bees, the eighth episode of The Simpsons‘ 20th season, airs on Fox TV, with Cuban as a guest star. Montgomery Burns attends his annual billionaire retreat and wins control of the Austin Celtics from the show’s Texas oil tycoon in a poker game. After meeting Cuban, Burns tries to win over fans with his own antics. 

Insider trading trial starts

Opening arguments in the insider trading trial of Cuban begin. The Securities and Exchange Commission claims’s chief executive, Guy Fauré, told Cuban the company was about to issue new shares in a private offering, which could cause the stock price to drop and dilute Cuban’s stake in the company. Cuban says he did nothing wrong when he sold his 6.3 […]

Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s family

The entrepreneur says sorry to the family of Trayvon Martin — who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012 — over his choice of words in the videotaped interview in which he addresses bigotry and prejudice: I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing […]

Dallas Stars ownership talks

The entrepreneur reveals an interest in becoming a minority owner in the NHL’s Dallas Stars: I’m not looking to outright buy the team. I have talked to somebody who is interested in buying the team and I told them I would try to help them get a deal done. From my end, I like hockey, I’m a […]

Not guilty of insider trading

A Texas jury takes less than four hours to decide Cuban did not engage in insider trading when selling his stock in an Internet company in 2004. The jury found that the SEC failed to prove several key elements of its case, including that Cuban traded on non-public information. Cuban nodded and smiled when the verdict […]

‘NBA better without Sterling’

Cuban says the NBA would be a better league without Donald Sterling in it, but also voiced concern about the precedent that could be set by forcing Sterling to leave the league. Because this is a very slippery slope. What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There’s no place for racism in the NBA, any […]