Dallas Motorsports: Dallas Mavericks

Fresh off Daytona 500 win, Matt Kenseth at Mavericks game

February, 28, 2012
DALLAS -- Matt Kenseth was sitting courtside at a Dallas Mavericks game only about 18 hours after winning the delayed Daytona 500.

Kenseth was introduced to the crowd during the first timeout Tuesday night as a man who needs a nap.

Before the game, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle presented Kenseth with a basketball autographed by the defending NBA champions. Kenseth gave the coach a Daytona 500 championship cap from the Victory Lane celebration early Tuesday morning.

Carlisle joked that he knew a little about auto racing and that "winning the Daytona 500 is a big deal." Kenseth has done it twice.

Kenseth says he got only an hour or two of sleep after the race. He will be back in Texas for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in April.

Daytona 500 winner to visit Mavericks on Tuesday

February, 23, 2012
Even before the command to "Start Your Engines" is given, the winner of Sunday's Daytona 500 already has a prior engagement in downtown Dallas on Tuesday night.

Texas Motor Speedway has arranged for the winner of NASCAR's season-opening race to attend the Mavericks-New Jersey Nets game at American Airlines Center. That driver will visit with the 2011 NBA champions and coach Rick Carlisle, who will present a personalized jersey.

The driver also will meet with fans, who have the opportunity to win a pair of suite tickets and a meet-and-greet with the Daytona winner as part of a promotion through Texas Motor Speedway.

Enjoy golden age of sports in Dallas-Fort Worth

September, 29, 2011
Is there a better sports market than Dallas-Fort Worth?

I know the ink-stained sportswriting elitists of New York City would scoff and say Gotham is the best. Chicago beat writers would down another bratwurst an tell you Da’ Windy City wins. Boston’s haughty scribes would slam down their glass, wipe the froth from their upper lip and remind that they have Fenway, the Pats and "The Gah-den." The L.A. sports media would hit you back that they, uh, have ... you know ... perfect weather.

But there is simply no contest. None. Give it up for North Texas. We have it all. And it’s not even close. This is the golden age of sports in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Look at the local venues. Look at the local teams. Look at the local colleges. Look at the local events. In no particular order, in the last year we've:

  • Hosted the World Series.
  • Won the NBA Finals.
  • A local university won the Rose Bowl.
  • Hosted two of America’s biggest NASCAR races.
  • Staged the Super Bowl.
  • Put on two of the PGA Tour’s iconic golf tournaments.
  • Been the site of three college football bowl games in a span of nine days.
  • Hosted several months of thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing.
  • Site of local college stadium building boom.
  • Uniquely promoted twin Indy Car races in one night -- the first time that's been done in 30 years.
  • Oh ... and our high school football team can beat up your high school football team. That goes without saying.


    Part of it are the teams. The Mavericks took their talents to South Beach and slapped LeBron James and the Heat. The Horned Frogs proved bigger than the Big Ten's Badgers in the "Grandaddy of Them All." The Rangers made it to the Fall Classic before falling to the Beard, but "that's the way baseball go."

    But a big part of it are the venues. Check your big screen because Cowboys Stadium is a lone star without peer. Texas Motor Speedway is the biggest -- as big as, well, Texas. The local golf tournaments are as venerable as the Colonial and lord over others like Byron himself. Horses simply ought to be racing in Texas at impressive and stately Lone Star Park. The Ballpark in Arlington is a classic throwback. American Airlines Center is home to Mavericks and Stars, yet is big enough to park the locally-based airlines' biggest jets inside.

    Want more?

    A few years ago SMU renovated its football stadium, and June Jones finally resurrected the Mustangs to a bowl game victory. TCU's stadium is expanding along with the school's rose garden. The University of North Texas built a new stadium for its Mean Green, complete with wings in the end zone (which we like, even though we don't really know why). And the Cotton Bowl, which no longer hosts the Cotton Bowl, may be prehistoric but it could be the greatest site in college football when it is decorated in burnt orange and crimson right on the 50-yard line.

    And did I mention that our high school football team can beat up your high school football team?

    So give credit to Cuban and Jerry and Bruton and Nolan and TCU, SMU and UNT and the Colonial and The Byron and the Chickasaw Nation for Lone Star Park and the rest for the great teams, venues and events -- we'll leave Tom Hicks out of this conversation.

    Nobody -- not NYC, not Chi-Town, not Boston, not L.A., not St. Louis, not Miami, not Atlanta, not Detroit, not San Fran, not PHX, not Houston, not anybody -- has been on a roll in sports the way Dallas-Fort Worth is right now. If you are a sports fan, this is THE place to be. This is the golden age. This could well be the golden year for sports for any community -- ever.

    And you know our high school football team can beat up your high school football team.
  • Vote for your DFW favorites on ESPY ballot

    June, 24, 2011
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    The ESPY ballot is out, and it's no surprise that Dirk Nowitzki and representatives from your Dallas Mavericks are represented in multiple categories.

    But they're not the only local representatives who are on the ballots. Here are your local choices:

    * Male Athlete of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki
    * Team of the Year: Dallas Mavericks, Texas A&M women's basketball
    * NBA Player of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki
    * Coach of the Year: Rick Carlisle
    * MLB Player of the Year: Josh Hamilton
    * MLS Player of the Year: David Ferreira

    So vote, and then tell your friends to vote. Click here to get to the ballot. Enjoy!

    Local giants gather to talk sports, economy

    January, 6, 2011
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    DALLAS -- A lively discussion took place on a stage on floor of the American Airlines Center with a star-studded panel of the area's biggest sports movers and shakers.

    The National Sports Marketing Network North Texas Chapter held its inaugural event and attracted to its panel Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Texas Rangers general managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg, Hunt Sports Group chairman Clark Hunt, and Bill Lively, the president and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.

    The umbrella discussion topic was the economics and growth of sports in Dallas-Fort Worth. Take for instance, the major sporting events in here just in this past calendar year starting February 2010: The NBA All-Star Game, the World Series and coming in 32 days, the Super Bowl.

    Other topics ranged from selling tickets to social media to broadcast rights. The first portion of the discussion dealt with the difficulties of attracting fans to games during the continuing economic downturn and in the face of steep sports competition with all four major professional sports, Texas Motor Speedway, plus Major League Soccer's FC Dallas and even TCU and SMU.

    President of Texas Motor Speedway Eddie Gossage joins Ben and Skin to talk about the Sports Marketing Summit that was held at the American Airlines Center last night, the sport of racing, and more.

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    Cuban, whose Mavs continue a sellout streak that's surpassed 300 games, but have had to hustle more to keep it going, put it this way: "I liked it when the Stars sucked. I liked it when the Cowboys sucked. Life was easy."

    Greenberg is the new guy in town, a Pittsburgher who took over the reins of the Rangers franchise along with Nolan Ryan and a group of investors. He came on at the perfect time. The team was young and on the rise. The franchise successfully traded for ace Cliff Lee and advanced to its first World Series, attracting and re-attracting a bandwagon of fans.

    Now, he said his job is to cater to a fractured fan base from the previous ownership that is rejuvinated and to get them to buy seats at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The team has concentrated on selling newcomers on smaller ticket packages and then escalating to full-blown season tickets. "It's like a first date and building it up to a marriage," Greenberg said. "If in this community we can't draw 3 million people, we're just not very good. We think we can do that."

    Gossage has seen a drop-off of casual fans that catapulted NASCAR to a major boon not too long ago. Selling tickets to the massive superspeedway has become more difficult and in no small part to the sports competition in the area.

    Gossage didn't hold back when he said, "That giant sucking sound you hear is Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys are sucking up all the money and making things more difficult."

    Lively eloquently dished on the coming of Super Bowl XLV to Cowboys Stadium. He stressed that once the game comes and goes, the North Texas Super Bowl committee won't pack up and go away. They will be busy on their next bid, which he said will come in 2012. The next possible Super Bowl back here? 2016 -- Super Bowl L.

    Lively also announced the hope for a sports commission for North Texas to work collectively and bid on major sporting events to bring to Cowboys Stadium, Rangers Ballpark, American Airlines Center, Texas Motor Speedway, Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, among others.

    And, oh, there is also a push to bring the 2020 Summer Games to Dallas-Fort Worth.