Mavs' Mark Cuban won't bid for Astros

Updated: November 19, 2010, 5:57 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

Mark Cuban says he won't get into another bidding war for a Texas baseball team now that the Houston Astros are up for sale.

"No interest in buying the Astros," Cuban replied in an e-mail to ESPNDallas.com.

Cuban, the outspoken owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, made strong attempts to buy the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers within the past few years. He also said last year that he would be interested in buying the Los Angeles Dodgers if the right deal presented itself.

Cuban's group, which included Houston businessman Jim Crane, made a $598 million bid for the Rangers during an August auction in federal bankruptcy court. The group led by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg won the auction with a $593 million bid because of how the bids were structured.

The Ryan-Greenberg group had the backing of Major League Baseball, which has to approve new owners. Approval could be an issue for Cuban given his controversial style.

Cuban did not elaborate on why he didn't have any interest in owning the Astros.

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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