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Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:28 pm
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says giving internet reporters access to the locker room is "pretty much the same thing" as handing a needle to a heroin junkie. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Last week, we noted a bizarre blog post by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in which he wrote at length about the harm that "internet reporters" are doing to his team by pursuing trade rumors and writing negative stories. Cuban went so far as to threaten to deny internet reporters access to his team's locker room.

In a CNN.com video interview, Cuban reiterated his stance, saying that he did not want to enable their addiction to writing what he doesn't believe is real journalism. "Look I'm not denying them the chance to do their business," Cuban said. "They have every right and opportunity to do that. But I don't have to condone that. I don't have to support it. I don't have to enable it. I don't want to hand the heroin junkie the needle and, in this particular case, giving them locker room access is pretty much the same thing."

Cuban admitted that he can't control everything that is written or published about his team on the Internet but noted that he is capable of producing media content just like the sites whose access he is threatening to deny. "There's nothing that ESPN or any other venue or website can create that I can't create," Cuban said. "Particularly now in this media environment where there is so much turnover among reporters, journalists or headline mongerers, however you want to define each individual person. I have great opportunities to go out and hire them as well."

Asked if he was serious about rethinking who he grants access to, Cuban said that he absolutely was. "I'm certainly evaluating what my alternatives are, like any good business would. It's been surprising to me that because I wanted to make a change in how I interact with Internet reporting that there's been such a big response to it. The media is changing so quickly, people are basically saying, 'Mark you ought to keep things the way it's always been during the last 15 years of the internet generation.' When, in reality, so much has changed. It's literally crazy not to adapt to what's happening on the internet and the media landscape. And so it's not that I'm trying to control, or that I'm trying to kick people out or muscle them out, what I'm trying to do is figure out the best model for communicating with our consumers, our fans, our customers, our prospects." 

He attempted to paint this as a business decision. "Their goal is not journalism," Cuban said. "Their goal is to quickly satisfy the immediate cravings of their audience. Sometimes that's not necessarily aligned with the best interests of the Mavericks, my company."

You can watch the video interview below.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

If Mark Cuban cant take a little critiscm then he should get out of the sports business

Mark Cuban pretty well IS the sports business in Dallas Texas.    Mark Cuban is a genius and controls everything and anything around him.... that's just how it is and how it's going to be until the day he dies.   Money rules and Cuban has more money then we can all dream of.   He doesn't have to accept what anybody else thinks...  



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

Its amazing how many fans just want PR koolaid. Want whatever "their" team front office is doing to be seen as great, no matter what.

While literal freedom of the press applies to govt censorship, well informed thinking citizens appreciate how essential open communications that are accurate are in the market place (as well as govt).

Cuban set up what he called a Mav "information portal". He owned the url and the name originally (dallasbasketball.com). He then made some arrangement, details never very forthcoming, with a local sports guy to run it. One internet reporter said Cuban provided the start up capital for Mr Fisher to start running it.

And, guess what, the sports "reporter" that worked off Cuban's url, using the trade name Cuban used, making use of  team media credentials provided by/through Mr Cuban and claiming "insider" access that made use of Cuban employees like the play by play guy writing for the portal gives consistently slanted "reports" of all mavs results and front office actions.

As Mr Berger said, a pom pom waiving alleged "journalist" is what you get when the "journalist" is so intimately affiliated with the owner/team... even if direct orders don't get issued about what to write or think. The affiliated journalist certainly is human and smart enough to know where his bread is buttered and what he probably better do to keep his main benefactor happy. Of course, such ties are kept out of sight of the average fan reading the blog/portal/internet site.

I have chronicled the ethics (and/or lack thereof) and clear boosterism rather than independent journalism, as Mr Berger disucsses would be the likely out come, on my blog as they happened.


In short, just as Mr Berger suggests would be the likely outcome, what you get is news from "the Company store" that just happens to almost always paint nothing but the rosiest story possible for the Company. Imagine that.

Of course, just like Mr Berger's opinions above, the comments and opinions I draw are my own and everyone is free to review the material, data and commentaries and draw their own conclusions.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

http://thedbcommirror.yuku.com/foru

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Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 11:34 am
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

Its amazing how many fans just want PR koolaid. Want whatever "their" team front office is doing to be seen as great, no matter what.

While literal freedom of the press applies to govt censorship, well informed thinking citizens appreciate how essential open communications that are accurate are in the market place (as well as govt).

Cuban set up what he called a Mav "information portal". He owned the url and the name originally (dallasbasketball.com). He then made some arrangement, details never very forthcoming, with a local sports guy to run it. One internet reporter said Cuban provided the start up capital for Mr Fisher to start running it.

And, guess what, the sports "reporter" that worked off Cuban's url, using the trade name Cuban used, making use of  team media credentials provided by/through Mr Cuban and claiming "insider" access that made use of Cuban employees like the play by play guy writing for the portal gives consistently slanted "reports" of all mavs results and front office actions.

As Mr Berger said, a pom pom waiving alleged "journalist" is what you get when the "journalist" is so intimately affiliated with the owner/team... even if direct orders don't get issued about what to write or think. The affiliated journalist certainly is human and smart enough to know where his bread is buttered and what he probably better do to keep his main benefactor happy. Of course, such ties are kept out of sight of the average fan reading the blog/portal/internet site.

You can read a chronocling of the ethics (and/or lack thereof) and clear boosterism rather than independent journalism, as Mr Berger disucsses would be the likely out come, of such a Cuban engineered reporting here:

http://thedbcommirror.yuku.com/foru

ms/66

In short, just as Mr Berger suggests would be the likely outcome, what you get is news from "the Company store" that just happens to almost always paint nothing but the rosiest story possible for the Company. Imagine that.

Of course, just like Mr Berger's opinions above, the comments and opinions I draw are my own and everyone is free to review the material, data and commentaries and draw their own conclusions.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 10:18 am
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

If Mark Cuban cant take a little critiscm then he should get out of the sports business

Mark Cuban doesn't have to do anything Mark Cuban doesn't want to do.   I actually like the guy.  I think it's refreshing to listen to a professional sports organization owner as passionate as he is.  I find it refreshing to see somebody that cares enough about the people he employs to demand changes.   Yes, there are limits because although he owns the Mavericks he doesn't own the NBA.  And there are certain freedoms people in the press will have whether he likes it or not.  But if his goal is to make sure that every Tom, Dick or Harry and their fellow bloggers don't have access to his team's dressing room and his players then I'm ok with that.  Not sure how far he'll get with this because I don't know exactly what the laws are but I wish him the best.
Another reason I respect Cuban is because he's not only a billionaire, he's a self made billionaire.   Working for yourself is tough enough, becoming that successful is that much tougher. 



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:34 am
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

Cuban is rich beyond most of our dreams. I can see why he would feel that every clown with a blog or trick or treat sports website doesn't need to hang out in the Mavs locker room. Weird that he's decrying trade rumors so far past the trade deadline. It's playoff time. Then the owners can express their NFL rnvy with their own lockout. That'll be great for the net NBA sites. They'll be no real sports news, just the junk that passes for news when nothing is happening.



Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

Can't agree more, I'd be trying to do the same thing, protect my players and business. The media just worsens things. Mark Cuban is great, wish he would have bought the Cubs and fixed their woes.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:22 am
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

He doesn't care about critics.  He laughs at them.  He's just going to use online tools and sites to make more money. 



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:41 am
 

Cuban: Internet reporters are like heroin junkies

If Mark Cuban cant take a little critiscm then he should get out of the sports business


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