In 2000, Broadcast.com founder Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks for $283 million. His presence at the team's games was hard to miss. Within two years of his purchase, Cuban's fines for criticizing NBA officials totaled nearly $1 million!
["Sometimes I think they be callin' stuff just to call stuff," Ice Cube once remarked of NBA refs. "I think they're arrogant. They down there like cops on the court. Sometimes they just blow the whistle 'cause they're tired of running."]