Mark Cuban has a history of being, let's say, outspoken. This time, he took his attention to reporters and the sports media. There's no questioning Cubes' success as a businessman and a forward thinker. This time, he may be showing his crazy Hank Scorpio world domination side. He had some very interesting comments on everything from journalists seeking page views instead of real journalism to ESPN and the protection of their image to his ability to sway the best journalists to write for the Dallas Mavericks website. The video and quote below come from Sports by Brooks. Have a listen and see what you think...
"You can't name one single person maybe outside of Bill Simmons that feels secure in their job on the sportswriting side of things."
"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."
Brooks successfully pokes several holes in Cuban's comments. The most outrageous is certainly his proposition that he can have as much "impact" with big name journalists writing for the Mavs and spinning news for the franchise. There's a name for that - state run television. Check this quote pulled from The Big Lead...
"By competing with them as an information source, can we preempt their negativity with information that does a better job of selling the Mavs? By leaving them out of the locker room and organization, do we reduce their ability to have a negative impact on players?"The Big Lead breaks this incredibly optimistic and somewhat narcissistic notion down nicely as well. If Mark Cuban threw a blank check a big-time journalist's way, it would be tough to turn down, but even if that happened, someone else from the free press would step up to keep guys like Mark Cuban honest. Although the old way of journalism and sports media is shifting, it's hard to see someone like Adam Schefter wanting to be the mouthpiece of the Seahawks organization or Tim Kurkjan selling the nation on this year being the one that the Pirates turn things around. Besides, even if Mark Cuban bought up all the sports journalists in the country, it wouldn't completely accomplish his goal... that's why we have sports blogs.
Mark Cuban On Journalism: You Know He's Right - Sports by Brooks
He did not think they were down 1. If he did then it makes his question even more stupid. And as far as the guy who says they should have fouled. Don't quit your day job and please never coach anything!!
No, Gus Johnson is NOT better than that. He has no idea what "play-by-play" means. A number of times late in the Butler-Florida game he failed to tell whom a foul was on, let alone how many fouls that made. He babbles on with the two experts--one expert is more than enough--and neglects his duty to inform us of vital information we need and want to know. He is the worst announcer currently working.
no flub here, byu should have fouled. they were lucky to make it to overtime, and they should have known Florida had the advantage in the OT.
he didn't flub it. obviously byu would foul if it was down one. there would be no question. there are only 14 seconds left. Gus knew the score--he was just wondering--probably incorrectly--whether BYU should foul with 14 seconds, let Florida go up by at most 2, and then have 14 seconds to tie it again or shoot a three.
I disagree. What is BYU's strength - defense or hitting a three? Foul - let FL shoot the shots. Even if they hit both - BYU has the ball and the chance to win it. BYU then holds the chance in their hands. Ask Morehead State if they like being in that position? I think it was a fair question to discuss by ... wait for it ... The Gusser!
@WHAT bracket lol. Thats stupid man.
Lol, are you kidding me? No one in the world would follow your logic here. It's absurd.
I didn't see the call, but did BYU have a foul to give? If so, then Gus' question was reasonable.
Probably just typical Gus asking a dumb question, though. He really isn't all that great a play-by-play guy. Just very good in dramatic moments.