247Sports- According to a report from Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Cuban approached NBA commissioner Adam Silver about signing Romo to a legitimate contract that would have allowed the 14-year NFL veteran to actually check into Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets before the idea was shot down.
If Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had his way, Tony Romo would not only have dressed for Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets, he would have found his way into the game.
When he approached NBA commissioner Adam Silver with the idea, Cuban said, "I told him what I was going to do and said, 'Fine me if you don't like it.'"
Silver told Cuban the contract would not be honored, which killed the idea but did not stop the Mavericks from honoring the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
I never thought the following would be the benchmark for a great commissioner, but the fact that my biggest problem with Adam Silver has been his insistence on not letting a "retired" NFL player literally hoist up celebrity shots in an NBA game is quite the ringing endorsement. Selfishly I would have loved to see a former quarterback/unproven analyst/long overdue Phil Simms replacement jog around some screens and let loose a couple courtesy jumpers like the charity case that he was treated as otherwise. I suppose I can see how that would set a dangerous precedent for shamelessly tanking teams in the future, but it still would have been a more entertaining viewing experience than anything else that took place during a meaningless Nuggets/Mavericks game.
My first reaction to reading the news that Mark Cuban actually tried to get Tony Romo rostered and was shot down was one of disappointment. The first time Adam Silver has ever let me down and it was in order to uphold the integrity (/avoid a complete mockery) of the billion dollar operation he's tasked with running. Considering the decision making of the other people in charge of professional sports, that's a pretty big accomplishment. Even if it did keep us from seeing the roof come off the American Airlines Center if a jumper this wet somehow didn't get blocked into oblivion and actually counted in the garbage time stats...