Stars, AAC control still interest Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's name has come up again as being interested in taking the NHL's Dallas Stars off the hands of distressed owner Tom Hicks, that according to a report north of the border from John Shannon of Sportsnet.ca.

Cuban is interested in gaining full control of the American Airlines Center, something he could accomplish by owning both of the buildings' professional sports tennants. On Saturday night, Cuban reiterated his interest in the Stars for that reason, but he said little progress has been made toward a sale that would involve himself.

Cuban said he has been contacted and has had discussions with a half-dozen prospective ownership partners over about year's time, but he added via email, "None of whom are close to doing a deal because of the price tag."

"Nothing has changed," Cuban said. "I have always said I would talk to any interested buyer if I can get control of the arena. I continue to talk to all those that have come through, just as I have the last year."

Cuban and Houston businessman Jim Crane recently tried to purchase the Texas Rangers, but were outbid in an auction by the group headed by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg.