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Mark Cuban: League of Legends is 'a real sport'

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If anyone knows sports, it's him

If you're like me, you know the name and face of Mark Cuban, but you probably don't know a whole lot about him. I put on my detective coat and hat and did some digging (read: Wikipedia) and found that he is a businessman, investor, film producer, author, television personality and philanthropist that owns the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Magnolia pictures. Cuban also appears on reality TV show Shark Tank as an investor. 

Cuban participated in a charity event yesterday where he played League of Legends against the CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich. Prior to the match, Cuban was interviewed by Kristine Leahy and had some choice words for her co-host on The Herd, Colin Cowherd. Cowherd had previously thrown a fit over eSports getting air time on sports networks.

businessman, investor, film producer, author, television personality and philanthropist

"I love Colin, but he is an idiot when it comes to eSports. I'm a noob, I'm still getting into it, but I love it. It is like playing five dimensional Chess against the world; it is one of the smartest games I've ever played, you gotta have dexterity, you gotta be quick. This is a real sport. People are going to figure it out really, really quick."

Cuban went on to say that he had played three games, and had picked it up so quickly because he is "fucking smart." After the match, Kristine informed Cuban that he had been fined $15,000 for dropping the "f-bomb" but that it was okay because it was going to The CyberSmile Foundation charity. At this point, Cuban doubled up by saying "fuck it" meaning he was spending $30,000 for two fucks. I'm sure Cuban has plenty of more fucks to give considering the shirt he is wearing at the event is a reference to HBO's Silicon Valley, where a billionaire is obsessed with having "three commas" meaning he is worth a billion dollars. Oddly enough the character in that show is loosely based off Mark Cuban.

I may not really have known much about Mark Cuban before today, but he just became one of my favorite people. He gave $30,000 to an organization which raises money to combat cyberbullying and looks to create a more positive Internet (who doesn't want that?), deemed League of Legends a sport, and wore a really cool shirt referencing one of my favorite TV shows. What a cool (and rich) dude. 

Now that League of Legends is a sport it is only a matter of time till Mega 64's predictions come true and the NFL crumbles. 

organization which raises money to combat cyberbullying and looks to create a more positive Internet

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