Dallas Mavericks reportedly changing up in-game entertainment
By Kohl Rast
The Dallas Mavericks will be making some changes this summer, getting away from the longstanding Mavs Dancers, Mavs ManiAACs and Mavs Drumline in order to bring in a new feel to the in-game experience.
The Dallas Mavericks recently announced that they would be changing a lot of things up this year, including many of the in-game performances that fans have seen on a regular basis for the last several years. The Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and Drumline are all being disbanded and replaced with what is being called a new “entertainment squad”.
The news broke late last week as the Mavs brain trust of owner, Mark Cuban, CEO, Cynt Marshall and others have decided that it was time for an overhaul of change to happen for the entertainment portion of the Dallas Mavericks games. This news comes as a shock considering there were not really any whispers about this being a possibility.
The Mavs are not the only team to disband their dance team. The San Antonio Spurs did so as well prior to the past season. The Spurs replaced their dance team with “a co-ed hype team” which made their debut season this year.
Let me preface my comments by saying that I feel for these three groups and the losing of their jobs with the Mavs. All three groups will have a chance to tryout for the new Entertainment Squad, which is good, and, although it is unfortunate, none of these groups were making living wages from their job with the team, meaning a majority of them will still have income from their normal day jobs.
It is going to be weird going to Mavs games next year without these different groups, but in my opinion, it was time for a change. Every time a group is disbanded, especially in this manner, it is going to be hard to accept what is happening from an emotional standpoint. I believe there was probably a better way to approach the situation than these groups essentially hearing they were gone on the news, but in the end, I think the move makes sense for the Mavericks.
All three of these groups were getting kind of boring. I’m sure it is still fun for the people who only get to attend games on occasion, but for those of us who attend regularly, it was getting old and there were murmurs that something needed to change.
In other arenas, the entertainment aspect is so toned down compared to what it has been in Dallas. Being a basketball fan, I appreciated the fact that some stadiums are focused strictly on the basketball and not just trying to find something to do in between play. If I had my way, I wouldn’t replace any of these acts and would also cut all the dumb intermission contests that are done with such regularity.
I may be an outlier here and that is fine if so. I would never wish for these people who work their butts off night in and night out to be without work, but at the same time, the Mavs are making business changes which rarely result in everyone being happy.
We wish nothing but the best for all of the Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and Drumline in their future endeavors and hope that whatever happens, they all land on their feet…or at least into a dramatic split , reminding us all how talented they truly are.