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Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 10:39 am
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not happy with the treatment his team receives from segments of the online media. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-cuban

Three-game losing streaks have a way of making the world seem like it's crashing down. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, whose team has lost three straight and has become the trendy pick to be the higher-seeded team most likely to get upset in the first round of the playoffs, is steaming mad. 

In a post written on his blog,, Cuban attacks paid Internet reporters for their rumor-mongering and constant negativity, and he apparently threatens to revoke their access to his team. 
Of course rumors wont go away if a writer doesn’t have access, but we can reduce the stress of a player having a mike shoved in his face and asked the same question day after day. We also don’t have to legitimize the writer by giving them access to the locker room. We are better served making them the equivalent of the random “” written by a 13 year old.
Right behind trades ? Negative Headline Trolls. . Talking to the Mavs internet writers, you would think we were out of the playoff race and had lost 60 or more games. Every loss is a catastrophe of epic proportions. It is as if every other team in the league is winning every game. Only the Mavs lose games. Again, we can’t stop anyone from writing what they want. Nor do we expect every article to be positive. If you want to disagree 100pct of the time and you back it up with facts. More power to you. But instead we get the equivalent of “Because I said so” as the depth of analysis. As one writer told me, his opinion counts for more because he is informed  And he considers himself informed because he has access to the organization. I can fix that..
So why do we let them in the door ? What value do they serve to the Mavs ? Its not like they are journalists. They are Fox News/MSNBC for sports.  They may be popular, for now, but whatever benefit they served 4 or more years ago seems to have quickly disappeared.
It's unfortunate that a man who understands the online industry and its relationship with professional sports teams as well as Cuban does would resort to petty threats of censorship, especially given that the main thrust of this particular post seems to be that he wants more fawning coverage. 

The thought pendulum simply swings harder and faster online. It's no coincidence that we hear Cuban's griping about negativity when the Mavericks are struggling (at least by their lofty standards). Should Dallas reach the Western Conference Finals, online entities will provide the rowdiest cheerleading, guaranteed. That's how this game works. I was under the impression that everyone accepted this reality like five years ago. 

Cuban does reach one important conclusion, though. Teams are fully capable of being content-creating entities themselves, especially online. It's absolutely in his best interest as an NBA owner to compete with the local media in that sphere. What's the downside other than cost? There isn't one, and there's the very real possibility that "competing [with the media] as an information source", as he terms it, will meaningfully shape online discourse in his franchise's favor. 

But competing with the media and purposefully excluding segments of the media because they don't align with his perception of his franchise's best interests are two very, very different things. If we've learned anything throughout history, it's that totalitarianism always sounds a lot better on paper than it plays out in real life. 
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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:11 am

Golliver just rpoves Cuban right

One need only read this blog post by Mr. Golliver to see what Cuban is talking about. It's obvious Mr. Golliver, as is often the case with these internet 'journalists' as Cuban points out, has some big holes in his skill set.

Let's start with his interpretation of Cuban's mood. He says in the the last two words of the first paragraph "... steaming mad." I read Cuban's post and I don't see steaming mad. I don't see a rant, a rave, a tirade, an inrrational berating. I see him expressing a concern and doing so quite logically: "If you want to disagree 100% of the time and you back it up with facts, more power to you." Sounds reasonable to me.

Secondly, Golliver says that Cuban is resorting to "petty threats of censorship." That is patently inaccurate. Cuban does not have the power to censor anyone. To censor is to suppress or delete something -- Cuban can't do that to internet writers -- they can still write whatever they want (he can't suppress or delete it); they just have to do it without the benefit of ACCESS to his team. He can limit access, but he can't sensor. A writer who doesn't even understand what censorship really is raises big red flags and only highlights the point Cuban was trying to make -- most of these writers don't know the facts, about writing or about the things they are writing about.

Lastly, Golliver throws out the charge of totalitarianism, implying that Cuban probably shouldn't go this route with his team because history shows us it doesn't work out real well. News Flash internet Blog Boy: the Mavericks are a totalitarian regime and Cuban has the authority, within the by-laws of the NBA, to do whatever he wants. This is just a ludicrous ploy by Golliver to stir the pot... again, a perfect example of exactly what Cuban is talking about. What's the alternative? Cuban's gonna put it to some kind of vote? Get real Golliver and face facts: Cuban's got you and your little blog buddies dead to rights.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:16 am

Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

Mark Cuban isn't saying he has an issue with legitimate reporters? asking legitimate questions.  But, when someone who fancies themself a "jounalist" asks inappropriate questiosn for the sake of sensationalism, thats where he draws the line.  And I say more power to him.  Reporters from established and respected news organizations, by and large, do not practice these tactics, because they have worked hard to get their reputation and their contacts in the sports world, and thus can get factual information to report on.  But these fly-by-night idiots who want to let rumor and innuendo mask the fact they are nothing more than a moron who sucked their way to a press pass...they are the problem.  I say take their passes, kick their worthless asses to the upper deck and let them blog from there; the information they get up there will usually be about as accurate as what they report anyway.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:32 pm

Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

It is the NBA...who really cares???

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:18 pm

Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

Was that sport you starred in called switchem---one thmub in your butt the other in your big mouth.. and when we snap our fingers -----you switch em--------have a lucky day...vegashyroler....

Since: Mar 12, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:26 pm
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Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:04 pm

Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

aah did we hurt your feelings.....? you still havent recovered from the ass whooping you took from don nelson in court   lol

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:53 pm

Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

I think we are used to these type of fits from Cuban.  And I don't agree with him... for the most part.  However, there is a knee-jerk, bandwagon jumping, blood in the water component to much of the online media (charlie sheen anyone?).  In order for it to survive, it has to put out something (like an article giving itself a pity party).  I don't think Cuban was saying he thinks using his resources to present a picture of the mavs smelling all roses is a good idea.  I think he was using it as an example of what would be necessary to balance it if online media doesn't have some integrity / restraint. 

I don't want to see it go away, and I don't want all fluff.  But for this writer to skirt the fact that this "at your fingertips" constant access doesn't have its serious flaws confirms the very point he is arguing against.  Most of us are smart enough to see it for what it is... an unfortunate but necessary side effect to our need for instant information to satisfy our sports hungers (or any other passion for that matter).  So please resist painting yourself as a martyr, online media.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:31 pm

Mark Cuban tees off on Internet writers

I generally like Cuban, but my God what a CRYBABY.  Media scrutiny is part of the job.  If you or your team do not like it.......quit!  Owners, players and management make entirely too much money to whine about trivial crap that the media spews. 

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