Why We At Mavs Moneyball Do What We Do

I had several people, including higher-ups at SBNation, ask me if I planed to respond to Mark Cuban's blog post about internet journalists and their presence in the Mavericks' locker room. At first I wanted to just let it blow over, because the negative parts didn't really apply to this site. But I read it again and decided why the heck not.  And don't worry- this won't be some ranty, angry diatribe about David versus Goliath. I can see where Cuban is coming from. This is just to let you, the reader, know what OUR site is all about.

First and foremost, I will describe which of Cuban's category I and my writers fall into. We are internet journalists, yes, but we are unpaid. Well I make a little cash every month but that's for managing this site, not for producing content. Hell, I could refrain from posting a single word and I'd still get paid, but that's not how I roll. My faithful writers do this for the same reason I do- because we absolutely love the Dallas Mavericks. Mavs Moneyball is content built by and for fans, and because the Mavericks organization is as awesome as it is, we are lucky to be given inside access. 

Those of you who frequent our site are often fortunate to read the stellar, in-depth analysis of our own beat writer, Bryan Gutierrez. The guy works tirelessly to bring us the inside scoop, and he does it for no other reason than his love for the team. I, myself, am a long-distance fan located on the East Coast, and when the Mavs travel here I, too, am given team access and treated with the same respect that is given to the regulars down in Dallas. So before any of you other bloggers get up in arms about the organization and how Cuban runs it, please understand that the man is entitled to his opinion just as we, the bloggers, are.

Yes, this means that sometimes our posts will be negative and even apocalyptic in nature, but that's because we're fans and we are prone to fits of emotion when our team isn't doing too well. But here at MMB, we try to balance that opinion-based writing with intellectual, analytic basketball journalism that we feel ranks up there with the top sports sites.

Every so often, I think about how fun it would be to work for a bigger site (if I had the talent, which, let's face it, I don't) but then I realize I wouldn't have the freedom, nor would the other writers, to blog as fans. I sometimes pity the pros because they have to appear unbiased, while we get to inject our love and passion into the pieces we write. The fact that we have been granted access only makes us that much more passionate, and that much more willing to support the team that supports us.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mavs Moneyball

You must be a member of Mavs Moneyball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mavs Moneyball. You should read them.

Join Mavs Moneyball

You must be a member of Mavs Moneyball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mavs Moneyball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker