I read (and commented) on Cuban's blog regarding this last week(end?), I think Cuban actually does have a right to criticize Stern and the NBA, if that is what Cuban wishes to do. The NBA should be robust enough to listen to a little kvetching. I also made the point that James Dolan Dickweek also seemed a little ridiculous for firing Marv Albert because Albert refused to avoid criticizing the New York Knicks, even when they played horribly. I guess Dolan wanted announcers like Don Poier, who is just horrible to listen to. Personally, even if I am watching a game as a partisan (rooting for a particular team, which is the whole point, right?), I would rather the announcers would remain neutral.
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Mark Cuban was fined (Gasp!) the other day (What took them so long?) for felonious sarcasm (No!) directed at the man who runs the National Basketball Association (Mirabile dictu!).
Cuban says something on his Weblog, blogmaverick.com, about the NBA starting its new season last Tuesday ("I won't say what I really think about the genius that started the season on Election Day since it's probably the same person that started the season on Halloween in previous years.") thereby costing him a sure Opening Night sellout and an undisclosed sum of money he had to sweep his eight-iron under the refrigerator to collect.
But here's the twist. Cubes, if he doesn't mind our newfound familiarity, asked this musical question on his blog: "Do the customers and fans of the NBA or other leagues feel it makes the league appear strong, weaker or unaffected when a player, owner, coach, GM or executive publicly criticizes the league?"
Well, Laughing Boy, let me explain it to you this way. Those crab puffs and brie wheels at David Stern's office Christmas party don't pay for themselves.
This is an interesting way for Cuban to attack what he clearly considers a problem --- polling an audience already predisposed by their very choice of Internet sites to see it his way, as though this were just another red state/blue state thing. Though he's doing it with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, he's clearly tired of writing checks to SternCo.
And yet, we suspect (Because Cubes' last stupid day on earth might have been his third birthday) he already knows not only what his audience will tell him, but the real reason he gets fined in the first place: It is the only way for the Emperor-Commissioner to do what gets done every day in every tavern in America -- for the bartender to tell the customers that it's just time to shut the hell up.