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Sony Emails Show Mark Cuban Wanted More Money for Shark Tank

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The Sony Hack which has seen countless private emails leaked on line has now affected billionaire Mark Cuban. Apparently he threw a bit of a hissy fit over his compensation for appearing on the reality show Shark Tank. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks has also gone on record as saying that Derek Jeter would make a fine owner of a professional sports franchise.

While airing on ABC, Shark Tank is produced by Sony.

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In the leaked emails Cuban told Sony head Amy Pascal with regard to the pay which was offered him, “This Is beyond an Insult.” Cuban was offered $30, 000 per episode to appear on season 5 of Shark Tank. In season 6, he would have gotten a raise to $31, 200 per episode, and $32, 488 for each episode in season 7. Cuban would have earned a total of $904, 800 for appearing in 29 episodes of the show about entrepreneurs who present their breakthrough business concepts.

Sony also wanted to retain the rights to any catchphrases, including “nicknames, gestures, utterances, etc.” used on the show.

On this Cuban Emailed, “”Seriously? No chance. This is beyond an insult and it shows no one cares about the investments I have made or the entrepreneurs. Now it’s really business. I will negotiate like any other deal I would do. You may want to start cutting me out of the promos.”

In lighter news Cuban is a big fan of the recently retired Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. The NBA owner and entrepreneur thinks that the future hall of famer should own his own team.

“He’d be great at it, ” Cuban said on Thursday at a sports event in which Jeter was also in attendance. “He’s smart, he understands the game and the business of the game. But the most important thing is that he’s patient. He won’t rush into buying a team, and if he does become an owner, he’s seen enough to know how to build things the right way.”

“My ultimate goal one day is to be part of an ownership group, ” Jeter said. “But I’m not just going to jump into something. I’m not trying to put a timetable on it.”

“I’d love to sit down with Mark, ” Jeter added.



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