The best way to win is not to bet?
Elon Musk and Mark Cuban may not see eye to eye on many matters, but they share a common stance when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday: they’re steering clear of betting, as they’re not fond of squandering their wealth.
TMZ contacted both billionaires in the days leading up to the big game and received surprisingly similar responses from both: they have no intention of placing bets on the Super Bowl, nor do they indulge in sports betting altogether.
Elon informed TMZ that he prefers to allocate his resources to other ventures, hinting at his recent high-stakes investment of $44 billion in X (formerly known as Twitter).
Mark, on the other hand, disclosed that due to his ownership stake in the Dallas Mavericks, he refrains from betting on NBA games. While uncertain if this restriction extends to the NFL, he opts to avoid any potential complications.
Acknowledging that betting can be entertaining for those who can afford the risk, Mark emphasized that it’s not a pastime he’ll be engaging in on Sunday, despite his competitive spirit.
Mark also mentioned that although he won’t be attending the Super Bowl, he’ll be watching and cheering for the Chiefs, a preference not surprising given his previous positive remarks about Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s relationship.
Interestingly, the alignment between Elon and Mark on this matter is noteworthy, considering their recent public spat. Elon had accused Mark of being “racist” for supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, even challenging him to a mixed martial arts fight. Mark defended his position on DEI and labeled Elon’s X as his “little echo chamber,” a pointed jab given Elon’s promotion of the platform as a bastion of free speech.
In essence, both Musk and Cuban are opting to save their money this Super Bowl Sunday, which may pose a challenge for bookmakers. Nonetheless, with a projected 68 million Americans planning to wager on the game, it’s likely that bookies will quickly bounce back.