Dallas Stars Sale: As Toned Down Mark Cuban Proves, Stars Don't Need Bombastic Owner to Win

As the Metroplex sweats out a hot start to June and curses the term "Ridge of High Pressure", one of their beloved sports teams is on the precipice of bringing this city it's first championship since Brett Hull's very legal goal in the wee hours of June 20, 1999 brought the Stars the Cup almost 12 years ago.

And as a resident of this fine city and fan of all the sports teams here, I can't help but harken back to the days where the Mavericks were an afterthought on the DFW sports scene. 11 years without playoffs will do that. Hell, three years without playoffs as the Stars will attest, will do that.

At that time, Mark Cuban made the bold move to buy the team and transform it forever. And during the first 7 to 8 years of his stewardship, all the good that Cuban brought with the club seemed to be canceled out by the spoiled man-child from within.

Then Cuban learned his lesson. You might be right in some of your battles with David Stern and the NBA, but you'll never win those battles.

Now how does this translate to whoever owns the Stars?

Find out after the jump

As fans here in Dallas know, ever since Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys, every owner of every major professional sports team here has been up front and visible in some form or fashion.

Sometimes it's because they push themselves into the spotlight, like Cuban and Jones. Other times, it's because of their legacy as a player in this state, in the case of Nolan Ryan.

As a fan, I don't necessarily have a problem with a visible owner, as long as they're visible for the right reasons. In Jerry Jones case, I think his meddling in his dual role as the team's general manger does more damage to the Cowboys than if he stood back and let a true football guy make the day to day decisions for the club.

In Cuban's case, he's at least let the basketball operations department at the Mavericks do their job with Donnie Nelson making the day-to-day decisions. Though I do wonder sometimes how much input he has when a ridiculous free agent contract is handed out to the likes of Eric Dampier, Desagana Diop, or Brendan Haywood.

And as I mentioned above the jump, Cuban's fatal flaw as owner in his early days was being a very vocal critic of the club. Something I felt undermined the team's battle to prove they weren't a mentally soft team.

Cuban's shut up during this playoff run and the team that he and Donnie Nelson built have done a great job up to this point of shutting up all the doubters. Win another one against the Heat either tonight or Tuesday night, and they'll shut up those doubters for a long time.

Amazingly, I've gotten to this point in my post without mentioning Tom Hicks. Some of that is because we're all too painfully aware that the problems this team is going through financially are a direct result of HSG's own financial issues.

But the other is because when he first bought the Stars, I felt he was the ideal sports owner. Somebody who knew what he didn't know, which was hockey, and let the hockey operations department led by Bob Gainey, do their jobs.

When Gainey needed Hicks to sign off on the financial resources to get guys in like Pat Verbeek and Ed Belfour, Hicks delivered. Then he sat back and let Gainey do his job. I'm not sure how many fingerprints of Hicks were on the Hull signing however. And to be sure from that signing forward, Hicks did seem to become more meddlesome.

But when it came to delivering in free agency, Hicks proved he could deliver.

Whether that owner is Tom Gaglardi or somebody else, the blueprint for ownership success and pitfalls has been set here in Dallas. They just have to follow it.

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