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Since Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 4, 2000, the face of the organization has changed dramatically. Under his leadership, the team’s home games have become more than just an ordinary NBA event – they have become a total entertainment experience. The party atmosphere he helped instill with the return of the “Reunion Rowdies” has carried over into the creation of the “Mavericks ManiAACs” at American Airlines Center. Cuban’s whatever-it-takes attitude and commitment to winning have grabbed everyone’s attention. From his first introduction to the team to the end of his first season as owner, the players responded with a 31-19 record, including a 9-1 mark in April. The organization’s upward trend has continued since. Dallas and San Antonio are the only teams to have won at least 50 games in each of the past 10 seasons.

In 2006-07, the Mavericks won a franchise-high 67 games and posted the NBA’s sixth-best record in history. Dallas won 60 games in 2002-03 and 2005-06, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in both seasons. The Mavericks also made the franchise’s first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2006. Cuban has been successful in bringing a sense of pride and passion to Mavericks fans – presenting himself as the ultimate role model, cheering from the same seats he has had for many seasons. He is the first owner in team sports to encourage fan interaction through e-mail. It was through this personal touch that fans throughout the Metroplex, and around the world, began to notice Cuban’s energetic personality and take notice of the Mavericks. He has personally responded to hundreds of thousands of e-mails. Several suggestions from fans have led to innovative changes.

Prior to his purchase of the Mavericks in Jan., 2000, Cuban co-founded Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multimedia and streaming on the Internet. Broadcast.com was sold to Yahoo! Inc. in July of 1999. MicroSolutions, a leading national systems integrator, was co-founded by Cuban and partner Martin Woodall in 1983 and later sold to CompuServe.

Today, in addition to his ownership of the Mavericks, Cuban is the owner and chairman of HDNet, the world’s only all high- definition national television network.

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