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|Posted: Tue Nov 8th, 2016 03:05 am||
|Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's barring of ESPN reporters Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon extends to all ESPN.com writers wishing to cover the team's home games, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Art Garcia.
It emerged late Sunday that Stein and MacMahon - both Dallas-based national NBA multi-platform journalists for ESPN - had seen their season credentials revoked. Cuban engaged with critics of the decision on Twitter, but only offered a vague suggestion of an issue with the sports media giant:
@TimCowlishaw @LandryLocker you are right about your business acumen . There is no shifting. Feel free to ask ESPN mgmt what the issue is
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 7, 2016
The situation is sure to invite awkwardness. The holder of the Mavs' radio broadcast rights is in fact ESPN Radio Dallas 103.3 FM. Furthermore, the NBA has a longstanding national television contract - believed to be worth $2.7 billion per year - with ESPN/ABC.
Garcia reported Sunday that Cuban said of the ESPN writers, "they're not banned from the building. They can still buy a ticket."
It's likely at this point the league gets involved with the dispute.
"We are in communication with both ESPN and Mark Cuban about this matter," NBA spokesman Michael Bass said.