Mark Cuban on buying Dodgers: "It's a long shot"

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban accepts the award for best team at the 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live July 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban accepts the award for best team at the 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live July 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban accepts the award for best team at the 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live July 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hasn't ruled out the possibility of buying the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he also hasn't decided he wants to sink his money into the team that filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this summer.

"It's a long shot," Cuban said on CBSNews.com's "What's Trending" Tuesday. "It's a real long shot."

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt hasn't been calling the shots for the team since Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig tapped a monitor to supervise its operations in April. In June, before the team sought bankruptcy protection, Cuban told website TMZ he'd buy the storied franchise "if they're fixable and the deal is right." (CBSSports.com columnist Ray Ratto analyzed that here.)

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On Tuesday, Cuban told "What's Trending" host Shira Lazar that Angelenos now ask him about buying the team "every time I come to LA." There's even a website dedicated to selling Cuban on rescuing the team.

Baseball wasn't the only sport where the normally talkative entrepreneur and occasional blogger held his tongue. He also wouldn't say much about the ongoing NBA lockout.

"Can't go there," Cuban told Lazar. "That's an expensive question there."

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that owners and players were expected to meet Wednesday for the second time since the lockout started.

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Cuban did use some of the more colorful language he's known for earlier in the interview, dropping an F-bomb in an analogy about his business decisions and speaking his mind when Lazar asked him what message he wanted to send to Washington:

"Get your s--- together."

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  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com