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Mark Cuban's Mavericks had a similar scandal to Daniel Snyder's Washington Football Team and many changes came as a result

Mark Cuban's Mavericks had a similar scandal to Daniel Snyder's Washington Football Team and many changes came as a result

Just two years ago, the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA had a very similar scandal and investigation to what the Washington Football Team is going through right now.

Over a dozen women had come forward accusing multiple male executives of sexual harassment that spanned more than a decade. The Mavs' case also included claims of domestic violence.

There was a workplace investigation and concerns over whether team owner Mark Cuban knew about the destructive culture that took place under him. The same questions will be asked of Daniel Snyder now that the Washington Post has uncovered a series of disturbing allegations made by women who worked at his company.

The NFL and NBA are different entities run by different people, but perhaps some of the parallels can set expectations for what will happen in Washington. Cuban was able to avoid having to sell the team, unlike Donald Sterling who was exposed as a racist and had to part ways with his L.A. Clippers.

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The Mavs investigation resulted in several reforms and actions. Cuban, who claimed no prior knowledge of the claims, publicly apologized to the victims and donated $10 million to women's causes.

The Mavs created new leadership positions focusing on diversity and inclusion. They made an effort to hire more women. They also made sweeping changes to their human relations protocols and staff.

Though things remained the same at the very top, the Mavericks tried to revamp their organization in ways to prevent similar incidents from happening again. That seems like the very least Snyder and Washington will have to do when their own investigation is complete.

On Friday, Snyder released a statement saying, "The behavior described in yesterday’s Washington Post article has no place in our franchise or society."

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How Mark Cuban's proposed regular season and expanded playoff format for NBA's return could benefit the Wizards

How Mark Cuban's proposed regular season and expanded playoff format for NBA's return could benefit the Wizards

As the NBA continues to work toward resuming the 2019-20 season, one of the biggest questions remaining revolves around what the format of the remaining campaign will be.

When the season was put on hold, most teams had about 17 or 18 regular-season games left on their schedule. With play not set, it's unlikely the new timeframe could accommodate completing the original schedule. Though that won't impact the league's top teams, those fighting for the final playoff spots will lose valuable chances to gain ground.

How can the league hit the ground running and get into the playoffs while also giving almost every team a fair shot? Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has an idea.

"I want to change things around," Cuban told Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live. “You know me, I’m a mover, shake. I want to experiment.”

Cuban suggested a plan that would include impactful regular season games for a majority of the league and an expanded playoff format. The regular season would have five games for every team, thus giving all 30 squads a chance to move up, or down, in the standings.

The five matchups become more important for those in the bottom half of the conferences when Cuban's playoff plans are taken into consideration. In this format, the field would be expanded from 16 teams to 20, with 10 coming from the East Conference and 10 from the West Conference. Teams outside of the eighth seeds would now have five games to secure one of the extra seeds in the postseason, and plenty of teams would be part of the race.

“If we do that, every team in the Eastern Conference would have a chance, at least, of making the playoffs," Cuban said. "All but two in the Western Conference would do it.” 

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The innovation doesn't end there, the 17-20 seeds in the playoffs would play in a one-game elimination-style matchup. The winners then take on the eight seed from each conference in a best-of-five series, while the top two teams from each side have a first round bye. After that, the playoffs resort back to the normal format the NBA has followed for years.

Cuban feel his idea works not only because it brings more teams into the mix, but because it also ramps up the intensity and playoff-like feel of every matchup once the season resumes. It's something new for the league, but he thinks the unique situation of the season calls for just that.

“That gives us a chance to have some more playoff games, some more excitement, some more meaningful games," Cuban said. "That gives almost every team a chance  when we come back for whatever’s going to be left of our regular season to do something interesting and compete for something.”

“I think we gotta change it up some. We can’t just go the tried and true way," he added. 

For the Wizards, Cuban's idea would change everything, specifically the expanded playoff format. As it stands now, Washington is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but 5.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth spot. Even with five regular-season games, a perfect record combined with an 0-5 showing from the Magic would leave the Wizards a half-game short. But with 10 teams allowed, Washington could easily find its way into the four-team playoff with a chance to play a full series.

The 2019-20 season comes with unique circumstances. In standard times, the Wizards would have had 18 games to try and catch Orlando and others. But with that off the table, the extra seeds is the most appealing option. 

Besides giving more teams a chance in the shortened season, Cuban also believes that his idea could be a beneficial trial as the NBA continuously tries to adapt and improve the game. As someone who has had plenty of experiences with implementing new business ideas, he knows that the only way to see if something works is to try it out and see how the consumers react.

“Like a shark tank, we'll test it out first," Cuban said. "We'll see how the market responds.”

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Mark Cuban made a last-ditch effort to try and stop Michael Jordan from joining the Wizards

Mark Cuban made a last-ditch effort to try and stop Michael Jordan from joining the Wizards

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for his business savvy, especially when it comes to forming a championship-level basketball team.

Right from the start, Cuban was up for a big move when he purchased the franchise back in 2000. One of his first was attempting to deter Michael Jordan from signing with the Wizards, and pair him with Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.

"I went to David's [Falk] office and there was Michael with all the paperwork to be a part of the Wizards right on the table, " Cuban said on ESPN's Now or Never. 

"I said 'Dude, don't sign it'," Cuban continued. "I'll do whatever it takes -- I'll give you partnership like these guys are doing and we'll win. I'll spend whatever."

Obviously, Cuban wasn't successful in his attempts because MJ went on to join the Wizards. The reason why? Loyalty. 

"He told me 'Mark, I can't do it. I gave them my word'," Cuban said. "To his credit, obviously it didn't work out, but I tried!"

Many Wizards fans already have Jordan as their greatest player to ever touch the hardwood -- I'm sure his decision to follow through in joining the Washington organization, over others, adds to that belief. 

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