Mark Cuban Revokes Two ESPN Reporters’ Credentials For Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has banned two ESPN reporters from covering the Mavericks and is not giving a reason as to why, according to the Associated Press.
Cuban revoked Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein’s credentials to cover the team telling USA Today he “won’t go into details yet, but it has nothing to do with editorial.”
“It’s a much bigger issue,” Cuban continued. “ESPN can write whatever they want, just like always. This has nothing to do with what we did.”
Although Cuban has revoked the reporters’ credentials, he said “they’re not banned from the building,” and “they can still buy a ticket.”
Both MacMahon and Stein have been covering the Mavericks for years and each of them are based out of Dallas, the Associated Press reports.
MacMahon covers several teams in the NBA with his primary focus on Cuban’s team. Stein previously covered the Mavericks for The Dallas Morning News and has continued to do so since joining ESPN in 2000.
ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said they are “committed to thoroughly covering the Mavs and the NBA,” according to the Associated Press. NBA spokesman Michael Bass said the association is “in communication with both ESPN and Mark Cuban about the matter.”
The Mavericks are off to a disappointing 1-5 start thus far in the season. It seems the team’s slow start may have the Dallas owner on edge.