Just wanted to briefly touch on this because it’s hilarious to me how far off the deep end that Mark Cuban has gone. Cuban took an interesting approach when dealing with Bloggers, banning them entirely from the Mavericks locker room due to space issues. This was obviously a crazy decision based on Cuban usually being on the cutting edge of Pop Culture, but he decided to take a stand.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who contended the team’s locker room was not large enough to accommodate all bloggers, accepted the league’s edict but added a caveat. Via e-mail, Cuban said the Mavericks will open their locker room to all credentialed bloggers, regardless of affiliation. Mavericks credentials are issued by the team.
Cuban indicated he believes bloggers should be treated equally, regardless of affiliation.
“Which means we will encourage all bloggers to apply, whether they be someone on blogspot who has been posting for a couple weeks, kids blogging for their middle school Web site or those that work for big companies,” wrote Cuban, a blogger himself. “We won’t discriminate at all.”
He then cautioned that locker room time, which translates to access to players, may be divided.
“We will try to work it out so that all bloggers come in as a group after credentialed media,” Cuban wrote. “This will help us manage the crowds should there be quite a few bloggers.”
Ah yes. There’s never a dull day in the Blogosphere is there? I know a lot of Mainstreamers and Team Execs read this site so I wanted to share a story that might help you understand how to handle bloggers. Be sure to click on the Sporting News story by Eric McErlain below for the template on how to credential bloggers and the one man who did it right……three years ago!!!
Players, execs shouldn’t fear bloggers (Sporting News)
NBA tells Dallas Mavericks to allow locker room access to bloggers (Dallas Morning News)
Almost a Victory for Bloggers in Dallas (Truehoop)