Mavs stop playing anthem, per Cuban’s decision

The national anthem is no longer played before Dallas Mavericks home games, a decision team owner Mark Cuban confirmed Tuesday to The Athletic and ESPN. The team has played at the American Airlines Center 13 times between preseason and regular-season games for the 2020-21 campaign, and “The Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t precede any of the contests. Cuban told ESPN that he made his decision after consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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