DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will give away
$1 million of his own money when he hosts an ABC-TV reality series
this summer called "The Benefactor."
"Why has he agreed to give away such a large sum of money?
Simply because he can and because he can't wait to devise the means
through which applicants must prove to him that they deserve the
money," ABC said in a news release to be issued Tuesday.
About 30 contestants will compete on the series for the cash
from billionaire Cuban. Show details, like the format and number of
episodes, remain to be worked out, The Dallas Morning News reported
in Tuesday's editions.
In a statement released to the newspaper, Cuban said the show
will not be a traditional contest.
"Everyone has dreamed of getting rich, and I want to help one
lucky person get there," Cuban said in the statement.
"You don't need special talents," Cuban said. "I'm not
looking to find out who is the grossest, funniest, prettiest,
smartest or able to go without food or water the longest.
"The right person is going to get on my good side at the right
time, and whoever that is is going to walk away with a check from
me for $1 million," he said.
Cuban has gotten used to giving away his money in recent years -- he's been fined repeatedly by the NBA since he bought the team in
January 2000, mostly for criticizing referees, with the penalties totaling more than $1 million.
The largest fine was $500,000 for saying he wouldn't hire the
NBA's head of officials to manage a Dairy Queen. Cuban later poked
fun at himself by working behind the counter of an ice cream shop, serving cones.