Dallas billionaire on purchase of NHL's Carolina Hurricanes: 'We're going to do whatever we need to do to win' – Dallas News (blog)

The hockey team purchase will make Dundon the latest local billionaire with a major sports team to call his own. That includes Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

Oil magnates Ray Davis, co-founder of Energy Transfer Partners, and Bob R. Simpson head the investment group that owns the Texas Rangers.

Dundon said he consulted extensively with Cuban about owning a pro sports team and about focusing on “the fan experience.” 

“I spent a lot of time talking to Cuban,” he said. “I think he’s really intelligent, really passionate and obviously experienced. So he’s been a big help.” 

Dundon said he did not ask Cuban’s advice on whether to move forward with the deal. 

“I would not be the kind to ask somebody if I should or should not do something,” he said. “He was someone to talk to about the different things that you can do to do it better. Where the joy comes in and what to be careful of. I think he loves his experience. 

Improving the experience for both the team and the fan will be one of Dundon’s first priorities. And he’s willing to spend “whatever it takes.”

“It’s a young team that is really good, so they have a chance to have a competitive, sustainable team,” Dundon said. “In anything I do I’m trying to look for the best way to do everything —  parking lot to concessions, the fan experience, the scouting, the hockey team, taking care of the players, making sure they have all the information to be in the best shape. 

“Software, data. Having the most knowledge,” he added. “Just making sure everybody has everything they need to get the best results. That’s what’s fun. That’s important. 

“That would be money you have to spend

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