The story started a week ago when Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban went on a bit of a rant about the value of certain types of sports reporting.
I’m not sure why he seemed focused upon degrading sports website reporters and bloggers. Others aren’t sure either.
Let us not restrict this dialogue to just sports. “If it bleeds, it leads” has been the mantra of mediums forever and a day. When the Internet came along, it just created an instantaneous way to promote more negative news in the furious, ongoing competition to get eyeballs, clicks, etc.
Turn on TV evening news, national or local. Leading the way…wars, violence, government ineptness, scandals. Listen to the radio or pick up a paper. Same thing whether the top of the hour or the top of page one.
Michael Hiestand noted a quote in USA Today on Monday where Cuban felt the economies of today’s sports media had “changed people who were journalists into page-view trolls.”
I do understand Cuban’s concern with the increasing negative energy around his Mavericks, who once again are being talked about as having one foot out the exit door of the upcoming NBA Playoffs before we even start them. They’ve had a great season and it has to be frustrating some writers, regardless of medium…are running down his squad…again.
Point he is trying to make is valid. He just should have called out everyone.