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Cuban ponders whether he needs beat writers

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08:14 AM ET 04.06 | Marc Cuban took to his blog to make a case bluntly. "I'm going to make this short and sweet. In the year 2011, I'm not sure I have a need for beat writers from ESPN.com, Yahoo, or any website for that matter to ever be in our locker room before or after a game. I think we have finally reached a point where not only can we communicate any and all factual information from our players and team directly to our fans and customers as effectively as any big sports website, but I think we have also reached a point where our interests are no longer aligned. I think those websites have become the equivalent of paparazzi rather than reporters."

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April 6, 2011  08:18 AM ET

Wouldn't paparazzi be following the big stars around? Dallas is more like the Enquirer or Weekly World News kind of a team

April 6, 2011  08:18 AM ET

Mark and I agree...."Reporting" now is just trying to be sensational instead of accurate or even being knowledgeable of the situations being discussed...

April 6, 2011  08:21 AM ET
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Mark and I agree...."Reporting" now is just trying to be sensational instead of accurate or even being knowledgeable of the situations being discussed...

That sounds about right. The people that write about sports now seem more like hysterical voyeurs and gossip mongers as opposed to actual reporters

April 6, 2011  08:22 AM ET
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That sounds about right. The people that write about sports now seem more like hysterical voyeurs and gossip mongers as opposed to actual reporters

Yep...They just want to be the first person to "break" the news...SO they will say whatever they can to be the lead...

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April 6, 2011  08:33 AM ET
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There's q bad side to the argument. Teams can have their own writer and write only what they want and maybe just what's good about the team.

Exactly!

I just finished reading Cubans blog. He starts out OK but then kind of gets a little crazy. It seems he favors the outlets he can control. To him it makes sense to bar the kind of reporters he doesn't like and let only those in that will only write what he approves of.

I'm sure he's getting tired of all the "What happened? Dallas looked so good... until the playoffs." questions

April 6, 2011  08:35 AM ET

I agree and dis agree...I do think that its a head hunt with reporters now all they want is the F'ed up story...But at the same time I dont want a bias side to every story either. Maybe just maybe we can get back to just writing good quility articles good or bad news.

April 6, 2011  08:36 AM ET

I look at it as...The less media outlet he allows the less opportunities Terry has to say something stupid....

April 6, 2011  08:36 AM ET
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It will be bias writing...

If they let the stars do the reviews of their own movie... every movie ever made will qualify as an Oscar contender and every star for best actor.

April 6, 2011  08:46 AM ET
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If they let the stars do the reviews of their own movie... every movie ever made will qualify as an Oscar contender and every star for best actor.

You need to go get a job instead of trolling every mavs thread

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April 6, 2011  08:52 AM ET

You need Beat writers to keep your season ticket holders happy and your players happy. Use Lebron and his sorry beat writer as an example.

April 6, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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It will be bias writing...

Yeah that is the downside to that system. I agree that about 90% of the media stuff coming out now is sensationalized crap just to get some attention and not really to relay information. But having an entirely program run communications would be ridiculously biased. There has to be a compromise between the two systems.

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April 6, 2011  09:27 AM ET

No one cares, Bro.

April 6, 2011  09:32 AM ET

an underhanded sneaky way to threaten a wayward beat writer who may decided to write something negative about the mavs... harmless yet sinister ....

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