Mark Cuban On Journalism: You Know He’s Right

Tuesday Mark Cuban offered the KZTK-FM listening audience in Texas an authoritarian authoritative analyses of sports journalism and how it has been impacted by the faltering media business model.

In the video above, I’ve snipped some highlights of Cuban’s claims about the wretched state of the sports reporting - which he attributes to the fractured financial state of the media biz.

Here’s a taste of Cuban’s comments from the interview:

I think what’s happened is it has changed people who were journalists into page view trolls. You know, they right to get page views, they write to keep their job as opposed to writing what they think would be the best journalism. …

… The media business has evolved very, very quickly over the last few years. So the business has changed to such a degree that people (journalists) have no choice but to troll for page views and do whatever they can …

… The bigger point that everybody’s missing is that, they’re saying, ‘well, we’re not going to go to the Mavs website,’ trust me, if I wanted to hire you or Adrian Wojnarowski or Marc Stein and just let them go and do their thing and have them (do it) from the Mavs’ own website, I can easily do it and have just as much impact.

I contacted Yahoo Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski about Cuban’s comments. Here was his response after listening to the interview:

Mark is a great owner and a great businessman but I don’t believe that he believes will ever compete with Yahoo! Sports on the NBA — or compete with any of the major sports sites.

And for the vast fortune Mark’s amassed, I know he doesn’t believe he will have ever enough money to hire me to work for a team website.

Maybe it didn’t sound like it in the audio but I think he’s kidding.”

Listen for yourself:

You can listen KZTK host Reid Kerr’s entire interview with Cuban by clicking through to this page.

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Cuban’s ‘Dumbest’ Media? He Wants To Hire Them

On Dec. 24, 2008, Mark Cuban wrote a post in his personal blog titled, “Why Pro Sports Need Newspapers.

Mark Cuban hypocritical stance on media

Cuban wrote at the time:

Professional Sports Leagues and teams, if we want to continue to connect to our local casual sports fan, needs to work with our local papers to try to keep them alive as long as possible.

More importantly, from a business perspective, because their customer base skews older, they dont use the net as a primary source of data, they have more disposable income to buy tickets and merchandise for themselves, their businesses and their families. In other words, their customers pay our bills.

Because of that, Cuban proposed that pro sports leagues actually employ media members:

My suggestion to the powers that be in the leagues I have spoken to is to have the leagues work together and create a “beatwriter co-operative” . We need to create a company that funds, depending on the size of the market and number of teams, 2 or more writers per market, to cover our teams in depth. The writers would cover multiple teams and multiple sports.

For the newspapers, its a way to get employees off the books, retain good writers that have a history with the papers and teams, and actually improve their publications. The leagues and teams depend on quantity and quality of coverage. We need to recognize the weaknesses of those we depend on and start addressing them today.

Cuban remains the first and only major league pro sports team owner I’ve seen place so much value on the media that he would suggest paying them himself. (For which he deserves credit, I might add.)

On August 5, 2010, Cuban wrote the following in the same blog about his bid to buy the Texas Rangers:

What I have learned in 11 years in the sports business is that the dumbest guys in the room are always the media guys. Some do a decent job of reporting, most just spew opinions.  And those opinions change more often than they brush their teeth. So what the media was saying was of zero impact or influence on what i was going to do. Listening to the media only increases your odds of failing at whatever you are doing.  So I ignore them.

That passage doesn’t exactly square with the value Cuban previously placed on sports media in his 2008 post.
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Mark Cuban: ‘Excited to work with Girls Gone Wild’

Yesterday NBA Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban announced a partnership with porn empire Girls Gone Wild to produce a television show for Cuban’s HDNet cable television venture.

Mark Cuban Announces Girls Gone Wild Partnership


Part of a press release sent out by Cuban’s HDNet:

We’re very excited to work with the Girls Gone Wild® team to launch this show,” said Mark Cuban, President and Co-Founder of HDNet. “The program is a cool, behind-the-scenes look at the GGW enterprise and a wild ride for our viewers. It’s a perfect fit for the new, unrated, late-night programming block that we air as part of our ‘Guys Night In’ line-up every Thursday.”

Yes, it’s late-night cable television programming and there’s nothing wrong with looking for hot girls. Got no problem with the concept of the show.

Joe Francis Alleged Paid Minors $50 For Sex After Filming Them


But if you’re David Stern and mainstream NBA sponsors and you see Cuban expressing such public enthusiasm for a partnership with a company that produces hardcore pornography and has an owner who has “pleaded guilty to violating federal laws designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and agreed to pay fines totaling $2.1 million,” might you find that a little unseemly? Read more…

Cuban On NFL: ‘Everyday It’s Somebody Different’

Mark Cuban was asked on Dan Patrick’s Direct TV show today by the host, “Better (off-field/court) image right now, the NFL or the NBA?

Josh Howard Mark Cuban

Cuban said, “The NBA, no question. It’s non-stop with the NFL. I feel sorry for Roger Goodell. Every day it’s somebody different…” (audio)

Thankfully, Patrick interrupted Cuban’s remark at that point to provide the necessary context:
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Cuban Confirms Concern over Howard’s ‘Partying’

There’s been plenty of speculation that one of the reasons Mark Cuban traded Josh Howard to the Wizards last week was his concern about Howard’s partying. More specifically, Howard missing a recent game because he was hung over. Cuban addressed that on the Dan Patrick Show today:

Josh Howard Mark Cuban

Cuban also talked about former Maverick Josh Howard missing a game because he was hung over. Cuban said that he thought Howard could have done more to play that day.

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Video Of Former Dallas NBA Arena Demolition

Yesterday the remaining remnants of 29-year-old Reunion Arena, the former home of the Dallas Mavericks, were imploded.

Reunion Arena implosion

It wasn’t the typical fun-to-watch implosion, where demolition crews dynamited the entire structure. Instead, massive support columns were taken down one-by-one until the arena roof collapsed. Still pretty cool though.

Future plans for the site? The DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports, “a grassy field.” Hopefully there’s plans in the works to at the very least honor the site with some sort of plaque featuring an image of stached Brad Davis in his customary nuthuggers. Read more…

Actor: Drew Gooden “Hate Crimed” Me And Friend

The Dallas Mavericks recently visited the Staples Center for a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, one that the Mavs won 93-84. Drew Gooden was in street clothes for the game, sidelined with a rib injury, which meant that he wasn’t as readily able to tune out hecklers as a player in the game would. And here we go.

Drew Gooden Chris Wylde
(Not quite BFFs.)

Two partisan Clippers fans taunted Gooden and the rest of the Mavericks over the course of the night, using the old tried-and-true method of seeing a detail about someone and then yelling about it. Dirk Nowitzki has a fake tan,” etc. etc., at a high volume. Apparently, either Gooden or an acquaintance allegedly pointed the two fans out after the game and called them “faggots.” Alert the presses? One of the fans, an actor with one memorable TV appearance, doesn’t mind if he does.

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Mavericks’ Coach Popeye Jones Popped For DUI

When you wake up on Monday morning and see yourself all over the Internets looking like this, you know it’s not going to be a good week. Popeye Jones, who played for the Mavericks over two stints from 1993 to 2003, and is now an assistant coach with the team, was arrested and charged with DUI on Sunday.

Popeye Jones mug shot

Jones, it was reported, refused a breathalyzer test and “resisted arrest” before being taken into custody. But Richardson, Texas police say that his resisting was so full of Fail that they’re not even going to charge him with that. Apparently losing one’s balance and hitting the pavement face first is punishment enough. Read more…

Thank God Shannon Brown Brought His Parachute

Lakers gacked against the Mavericks last night, not that anyone will remember the game result in a few weeks.

Shannon Brown dunk against Mavericks

But Shannon Brown, for the second time already this season, did give us a reason to mark Halloween Eve, 2009. Read more…

NBA To Get “Re-Ostertagged”? (Is That A Word?)

Quick: who’s #4 on the Utah Jazz’s all-time list of most games played? It goes John Stockton, Kark Malone, Mark Eaton, and… well, you probably already read the headline and figured it out. It’s one of the largest, slowest players in NBA history: the one, the only Greg Ostertag!

Arvydas Sabonis Greg Ostertag
(Awww, why are the glacial white guys playing against each other? They should be teaming up! When are we going to stop doing this to each other?)

We bring him up not because we merely like celebrating the dinosaurs of the league - though we do enjoy that - but because the Ostertag Era may not be over just yet. Despite not having played in years (and not having been especially productive while actually playing), Ostertag’s got his eyes on a comeback, right in his native land of Texas.

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