SPORTS AND THE CITY
I first recognized it on Dec. 14, 2009, though I didn’t know its name then.
The news broke that Hideki Matsui—the George Harrison of the Yankees, the quiet, stoic performer, and the 2009 World Series MVP—wouldn’t play for New York the following season. The Yankees told Mr. Matsui’s agent that he wasn’t a priority, so Matsui took a one-year, $6.5 M. contract with the Anaheim Angels.
The same team who gave Carl “Ass Injury” Pavano a $40 M. contract (for which he earned $17,646 per pitch, having thrown in only 26 Yankees games) not four years before let Matsui go, just one month after he was named the MVP of the World Series he’d helped the team win. Even now, when I speak with fellow Yankees fans about this travesty, they just shake their heads and shrug, as if to say: Yeah, we know. What’re you gonna do?*
It was a classic, symptomatic moment of Steinbrenner syndrome, a disease characterized by short attention span, poor memory and fits of ecstasy followed by angry outbursts. It affects nine out of 10 New York sports fans (and 10 out of 10 New York sports editors). Its only treatment is frequent, intense doses of winning.
Mark Cuban hasn’t done anything interesting in web or mobile since he made his fortune selling to Yahoo during the dot-com bubble, but yesterday he opened his yap to diss location-based services like Foursquare.
“I think location-based services won’t survive as standalone companies. They have to evolve to something different. The location-based side of their Read More
Wealthy basketball enthusiast Mark Cuban is looking to throw some money in the direction of the Securities and Exchange Commission in hopes of expediting the agency’s insider-trading beef against him, Bloomberg reports.
Cuban’s attorneys have proposed hiring contract attorneys to help the SEC go through its mountainous files on the cheeky Internet entrepreneur, who Read More
The Securities and Exchange commission is reopening an insider-trading case against Dallas Mavericks owner, occasional “Entourage” guest star and exceptionally tall billionaire Mark Cuban, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has said a lower court should once again take up a case in which the SEC alleges that Read More
Kara Scannell of The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed charges on insider trading against Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and founder of HDNet, which is home to Dan Rather.
According to Ms. Scannell’s report:
The SEC alleges in a civil action Read More
Radar editor Maer Roshan said that he is standing by his magazine’s story that former CBS producer Mary Mapes is going to work with Dan Rather at HDNet.
Both Ms. Mapes and HDNet’s owner, Mark Cuban, denied the arrangement today
“The reporter, who’s a trusted one here, did speak to her,” Mr. Roshan said Read More
Mary Mapes, the former CBS producer chiefly responsible for that network’s flawed 2004 report on President Bush’s National Guard service, is not joining her former boss, Dan Rather, at the cable channel HDNet.
Asked whether she had been offered a job at the network or ever would be, HDNet owner Mark Cuban told the Observer Read More
I know I’m supposed to like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. He’s a free spirit. He’s producing feel-good movies, like Akeelah and the Bee and Good Night, and Good Luck. He has an interesting blog that is sometimes deadon:
99pct of blogs are about what someone has to say. 99 pct of traditional Read More