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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Kobe Bryant Reveals His Mentor: Michael Jackson

Today Yahoo NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski has a truly epic blindside today from a recent interview he did with Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant Magic Johnson at Michael Jackson's funeral


Out of nowhere one afternoon, Michael Jackson made a call to the irrepressible and isolated (then-18-year-old) Kobe Bryant, and so much changed for him.

… They would talk for hours and hours, visiting at Neverland Ranch, and Bryant has long been fortified by the lessons Jackson instilled about the burden of honoring true talent, about the ways to open your mind to be smarter, sharper and insatiable in the chase

“It sounds weird, I guess, but it’s true: I was really mentored by the preparation of Michael Jackson,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports.

Sounds weird?

More from Wojnarowski:

“We would always talk about how he prepared to make his music, how he prepared for concerts,” Bryant said. “He would teach me what he did: How to make a ‘Thriller’ album, a ‘Bad’ album, all the details that went into it.

“It was all the validation that I needed – to know that I had to focus on my craft and never waver. Because what he did – and how he did it – was psychotic. He helped me get to a level where I was able to win three titles playing with Shaq because of my preparation, my study. And it’s only all grown.

“That’s the mentality that I have – it’s not an athletic one. It’s not from [Michael] Jordan. It’s not from other athletes.

“It’s from Michael Jackson.”

After reading Wojnarowski’s lengthy piece on the inner workings of Bryant, I think I may finally have a clue why we all know so little about #24’s personal life. Read more…

Assassin’s Last Stand: The Lost Tatum Interview

Jack Tatum died today of a heart attack in Columbus, Ohio. He was 61. The former Oakland Raiders defensive back was best-known for his 1978 preseason tackle of former New England Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley. The hit left Stingley paralyzed from the neck down for life. Stingley died a quadraplegic of heart disease and pneumonia in 2007.

Jack Tatum

Some of Tatum’s last, extensive comments about Stingley were made to former BERGEN (NJ) RECORD reporter Adrian Wojnarowski in 2003. Wojnarowski’s piece containing Tatum’s remarks is no longer available online, so I’ve reprinted it below.

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