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Filed as News on March 29, 2008 8:43 am

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I know most people don’t give a hoot about what Mark Cuban says or does. However, several weeks ago when the man who made a billion by blogging decided to evict bloggers from the Dallas Maverick’s locker room, it sent waves through the national media.

Well the NBA has stepped in and said, despite Cuban’s claims that the locker room is too small to accommodate everyone, that bloggers – assuming they are credentialed – are welcome. Cuban, likely not happy that his hand was forced, took it a step further:

‘…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…We won’t discriminate at all.’

Cuban has maintained that the original boot for bloggers was in an effort to level the playing field; giving all bloggers equal access to professional basketball teams.

I guess the access would have been equal, as in zero.

The more important fact here is that the NBA, and most other sporting organizations recognize the power of the blog. The last thing they want are online scribes crying foul.

Can a ‘blog box’ replace the ‘press box’ in the near future? Stay tuned!

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  1. By GoingLikeSixty posted on March 29, 2008 at 9:42 am
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    Your first paragraph is so full of bloviating, I had to comment:
    1. Cuban is an smart guy that a lot – maybe not most if you include the whole universe – of people pay attention to.
    2. He made billions by selling something he developed from nothing.
    3. It did not send waves through the national media.
    4. He owns the team. If he wants to close the locker room he has that right – unless the NBA says differeent.

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  2. By Andrew G.R. posted on March 30, 2008 at 6:42 am
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    Ah, accusing me of bloviating eh? “To speak pompously and excessively.” Sorry that my 210 words were too much for you.

    I find your comment quite interesting.

    1. I never discredited Cuban. In fact, I don’t dislike him. However, last time I blogged about this story, two bloggers made a point that they don’t care for Mr. Cuban.

    2. This is the exact reason why I respect him.

    3. Really? Cuban booting bloggers from the locker room was covered everywhere from Sports Illustrated (major, national media) to CNET to the LA Times. The story was also covered on countless national TV news Websites.

    4. As an owner, he is ultimately at the mercy of the league’s rules. Which by the way, have forced him to welcome back bloggers.

    I really don’t understand what you are disputing here…

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  3. By Andy Merrett posted on March 31, 2008 at 4:10 am
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    “Cuban is an [sic] smart guy”

    When the Internet actually dies, then perhaps I’ll agree. :)

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  4. By theo choraitis posted on May 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm
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    If he hadn’t done what he did, that would be stupid.

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