January 18, 2014 |
Imagine a Grammy trip for the Lakers that starts in London before going on to Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Maybe they would rename it the Royal Albert Hall trip. Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said this week he was open to the idea of European expansion, provided the global economy recovers and potential host cities construct modern arenas. And if the NBA goes overseas, it would probably go all in. "It's most likely that if we were to come to Europe," Silver told reporters before the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks at a sold-out O2 Arena in London on Thursday night, "it would be with a division rather than a single team, for the sake of logistics.
October 16, 2013 |
Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, won a lengthy fight with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday when a Texas jury cleared him of insider-trading charges. The SEC had accused Cuban of using non-public information about Mamma.com, a Canadian Internet company, to make trades that helped him avoid about $750,000 in losses. Cuban, 55, denied the charges during testimony at the federal courthouse in Dallas. A nine-member jury deliberated about four hours before clearing Cuban.
August 4, 2013 |
The Lakers weren't the only team that unsuccessfully bid on the services of free agent center Dwight Howard. The Dallas Mavericks made the full pitch, including an animated video promising the Mavs as the key to global domination. On Saturday, Dallas owner Mark Cuban blogged about the state of his team and the failed Howard pursuit. "I do have to say the meeting with Dwight was very interesting. He is a smart guy. Much smarter than people give him credit for," wrote Cuban. "He is also a very, very good listener.
June 21, 2013 |
When a reality TV show is titled "Shark Tank," it's only reasonable for the judges to have some teeth. Mark Cuban, for one, is happy to oblige. At a recent Envelope Emmy Round Table, Cuban and his three fellow panelists - Carson Daly of "The Voice," Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance" and Jeff Probst of "Survivor" - talked about calling out too-clever contestants. "Sometimes a company will come [on 'Shark Tank'] and they're relatively successful, and they're trying to play us," Cuban said.
June 20, 2013 |
Reality TV bestows upon the viewing public a glut of entertainments: dancers portraying flitting hummingbirds trying to seduce a blooming flower; entrepreneurs who've found an extra use for pillow cases by making them into dresses; adventurers threatening to urinate on rice (and beans); even four of music's top performers swirling in big red chairs. And the ratings come pouring in. The Envelope gathered four faces of reality TV (some of whom double as executive producers) - Carson Daly of NBC's "The Voice," Cat Deeley of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," Jeff Probst of CBS' "Survivor" and Mark Cuban of ABC's "Shark Tank" - to talk about longevity in the genre, the push and pull of dealing with contestants and the waning power of "American Idol.
June 18, 2013 |
In the world of reality television, what do Emmy nominations mean for a show? It depends on who you ask. According to "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, awards buzz is no big deal. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, he said of being nominated, "I don't know that it really does matter [to audiences]. I don't actually know that it matters to the audience in scripted either. " WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Reality It's possible that Probst was just being modest, of course - fellow panelist Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance?"