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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MLB Threatens To ‘terminate’ Rangers ‘franchise’

The most undercovered story of the summer, and maybe the year, is the outrageous circumstances of the sale of the Texas Rangers.

Bud Selig

(Protip: Do not lend this man money)

Before your eyes glaze over, understand that this story is very important as it pertains to the financial future of individual major league clubs. It also could dictate if the Texas Rangers exist this time next year - if MLB’s rhetoric is to be believed.

If you’ve read this site over the years, you know by now that MLB has done all it could to turn over franchises to owners who either lack the financial resources, as in the McCourts, or the willingness, as in the late Carl Pohlad, to invest Yankee-esque sums into player payroll.

Most recently, MLB handed over one of the crown jewels of its league, the Chicago Cubs, to a highly-leveraged buyer in Tom Ricketts. Ricketts was chosen to take over the team despite his lack of liquidity and inability to field the highest bid for the franchise.

Why? Because MLB doesn’t want the Cubs to end up with a $200 million payroll, which would drive up costs for other owners, contribute to further competitive imbalance and possibly lead to additional labor strife.

Of course, if MLB had a revenue sharing agreement like the NFL, Cubs fans wouldn’t have to worry about having an underfunded owner running their beloved team. (In the third-largest market!) Because of the petty greed of the league’s individual owners, no such revenue sharing plan exists - forcing league commissioner Bud Selig to jury-rig MLB ownership ranks to prevent another Steinbrenner-type owner. (See shooting down Mark Cuban in his bid for the Cubs.)

That brings us to Selig’s latest payroll-chopping opportunity: The Texas Rangers. Read more…

Did Mark Cuban Tamper With LeBron In Interview?

In a video appearance on this week, Mark Cuban stated his specific intent to acquire LeBron James if he does not resign with the Cavaliers.

Did Mark Cuban Tampers With LeBron James During Interview?

Excerpt of Cuban’s comments from his interview with

Come July 1st, yeah, of course, anybody would be interested in LeBron James, and if he leaves via free agency, then it’s going to be tough.

If he does like I’m guessing … hoping he will … which is to say, ‘I’m not going to leave the Cavs high and dry’ … if he decides to leave … then he’ll try to force a sign-and-trade, and that gives us a chance.”

Cuban added, “What I do know about LeBron in the minimal time I’ve spent talking to him is he just wants to win. Money’s not his issue. He needs to be some place where he trusts the organization.”

In 2008, the NBA reportedly reiterated tampering regulations for future free agents: Read more…

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…

Bottom Feed: SbB Powerless Rankings Are Here

Here’s my first SbB Powerless Rankings, which note the least influential prominent sports figures of the moment. The criteria is simple: The folks on the list would have no relevance if it weren’t for blind luck or undue support from their employers.

SbB Powerless Rankings: It's Nothing Personal

1 ) BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock: Most-despised man in sports, yet he has no power to do anything. Figurehead designed to distract fans from the actual, tiny cabal responsible for college football’s dark ages. Pie-in-the-face guy. Light a candle for him.

Baghdad Bill Hancock Executive Director Of The BCS

(‘Baghdad Bill’ Hancock)

2 ) Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio: Without relentless over-promotion by ESPN’s monopoly-enabled monolith, show wouldn’t exist. Perhaps the finest example of just how powerful ESPN has become as a sports marketing machine. Greenberg at least has a semblance of talent in a controlled setting - witness his SportsCenter performances.

Mike & Mike Mike Greenberg Mike Golic

3 ) The McCourts: The underfunded couple was handed the Dodgers by Bud Selig and MLB Owners to artificially limit payrolls in MLB’s larger markets and the NL West. Stole $120M from franchise to fund their personal lifestyles. Anonymous in L.A. outside the ownership suite - even despite the recent coverage.

Frank and Jamie McCourt Divorce

4 ) Mark Cuban: Great at selling tickets and advertising but too enamored with his own, overrated basketball IQ. Needs to hire good basketball people and get out of the way. By alienating other owners and David Stern, doesn’t have nearly the influence in league matters that he should.

Mark Cuban mad

5 ) Jim Nantz: Rakes in millions in salary and perks from CBS gig, but would one less person watch a CBS sports telecast if he wasn’t calling the game? From local radio appearances, appears to have an interesting personality and provocative opinions, but once he’s national he goes dullard on us.

Jim Nantz

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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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Cuban, LeBron, God Officially ‘Shut Down’ Dallas

The LONDON DAILY MIRROR with some prophetic comments from Mark Cuban about NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas:

Dallas All-Star Game Photo Montage

(LeBron at ESPN party last night in Dallas)

You guys have been to All-Star weekend in other places. I mean, we shut down cities. Literally, you go to any city and it shuts down.

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…