Because of one specific blogger (not himself), Mark Cuban recently banned all bloggers from the Mavericks’ locker room. David Stern made Cuban lift the ban, primarily because the blogger in question is a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, which led to Cuban declaring that anyone with a blog has access to the Mavs. All of which sparked this PTI exchange between Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon:
TK’s assessment is, in a roundabout way, pretty much spot-on. Wish I could say the same for Wilbon’s. Some choice quotes (watch the clip for context):
“There are differences between reporting and blogging.”
Right. Reporting is a discipline, blogging is a medium and the latter is an efficient way to do the former. This is why most sports reporters at The Washington Post have blogs and use them to report.
“Blogging is just having an opinion. Just sitting at the crib, back in the cut, as we used to say, and just regurgitating anything you want.”
That’s exactly how I’d describe what Wilbon has been doing at the Post and on ESPN for many years now.
“I don’t care.”
And if anyone needs help figuring out how to accredit bloggers, just copy-and-paste from the hockey bloggers’ bill of rights, written by NHL blog star Eric McErlain with an assist from Caps owner Ted Leonsis. It’s worked for two seasons, and it seems fit for Cuban and company.