SBD/Issue 122/Sports Industrialists
This Week's Newsmakers: College Basketball Takes Center Stage
Published March 14, 2008
THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week’s newsmakers.
LOSS: GOODYEAR -- Where there’s Smoke … TONY STEWART’s comments about how the tire company should be “really embarrassed about this weekend and what they brought” to the Sprint Cup race in Atlanta is a huge setback to the company and NASCAR itself. Having marquee drivers like Stewart and DALE EARNHARDT JR. publicly complain about the circuit’s exclusive tire provider can do nothing but hurt Goodyear’s reputation.
DRAW: MARK CUBAN -- Never one to shy away from controversy, Cuban again faces a media storm, this time stemming from his decision to close the Mavs’ locker room to full-time bloggers. While the Dallas Morning News claims the move is in direct response to a recent post from their dedicated team blogger, Cuban cites his belief that all bloggers should have the same access to news regardless of outlet. One thing to note -- Cuban defends his decision on his own blog. Is he in essence banning himself from the locker room?