The Dallas Mavericks have had a winning record nearly every year this century and have brought joy to the fans in the process, but in what other ways has Mavs ownership tried to keep the crowd entertained?
The Dallas Mavericks have continued to fall short of their offseason goals again and again, with this year being no different than the rest. Mark Cuban and the front office had their sights set on acquiring Mike Conley and/or Hassan Whiteside to bolster the roster this season.
Clearly that did not go according to plan. After missing out on the big name free agents once again, Dallas regrouped and got a handful of promising players to help round out the roster, just like the team always does.
However, after so many years of inability to land the big name players in Dallas, the team continues to not only win games on a regular basis, but also has a way of staying as entertaining of a team as there is in the league. From my understanding, that takes more than just putting great players on the court.
With an owner like Cuban, a coach like Carlisle, and a star like Dirk, Dallas has found a way to put on a show night in and night out for a long time. This comes both a basketball standpoint and an entertainment one. Here are a few things that are featured at Dallas Mavericks games that continue to keep the crowd happy and excited year after year.
1.) T-shirt giveaway
A lot of teams across the league like to do T-shirt cannons and tosses into the crowd, but the Mavs like to take that to a different level. Not only do they launch shirts up to the top row of the stadium through cannons and slingshots, but often times they also have a T-shirt sitting on each seat before the game starts.
When giving away that many shirts, most people would think you are going to get some lousy mass produced shirt, but Mark Cuban had a different idea. In his way of taking care of the loyal fans night in and night out, his T-shirt giveaways usually feature a nice dry-fit shirt for everyone. The fans are treated like royalty in Dallas.
2.) The Mascots
Many teams have mascots but rarely are they as crazy and invested in entertaining the crowd as Mavs Man and Champ are. From giving out T-shirts, to high flying slam dunks during break, to just plain harassing fans of other teams that came to watch the game, entertainment is a specialty in the mascot department.
3.) Dallas Mavericks Dancers
Pretty much all NBA teams have a dance team with them but very few bring as much excitement as the ones in Dallas. Much like the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders have always been the top of the line squad in the NFL, the Mavs dancers are the same here in basketball.
From their incredible dance moves to the amount of dances they perform each and every game, the Mavs dancers bring an enthusiasm that most NBA dance crews could only dream of.
4.) The Drumline
One of Mark Cuban’s ideas when trying to gain an even stronger home court advantage was to add a drumline to the payroll at the American Airlines Center. These are just a handful of guys that are incredible percussion players and avid MFFLs.
With Cuban’s blessing, these guys get a chance to perform in front of the whole crowd almost every game and dazzle with their speed and precision no matter what. This is a very unique thing to the Dallas Mavericks.
5.) Mavs MAAniacs
Perhaps the most unique part of the Dallas Mavericks entourage is the 300+ pound Mavs MAAniacs that have their own section in the crowd to make noise, dance, and get the crowd fired up for some Mavs basketball.
From a few choreographed dances, to the cut off shirts showing a lot of skin, all the way to the fake donuts and hamburgers that hang off the chains around their neck, the MAAniacs bring entertainment and laughter to the crowd on a regular basis.
Obviously the Mavericks are great at entertaining the crowd from a purely basketball standpoint and have been for a long time, but when it comes to non-basketball entertainment, Mark Cuban has found some great sources to keep the crowd entertained. If you have never had the chance to go to a Dallas Mavericks game, I suggest taking the opportunity in the future.