DALLAS (AP) – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Tuesday he decided not to play a national anthem before the start of the season for the team’s home games.
The Mavericks played their first 10 regular season home games without fans. The club had fans for the first time during Monday’s 127-122 win over Minnesota. Dallas allows 1,500 vaccinated essential workers to attend the games for free.
Cuba did not detail his decision not to play the anthem, saying no one noticed. Athletic first reported that Dallas dropped the anthem.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said: “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams can afford to see the preliminary games as good.”
Cuba was outspoken against critics of NBA players and coaches during “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the 2019-20 season continued in the Florida bubble last summer.
The foreplay anthem is a basic element of American sports at both the professional and dormitory levels, but is much less common at professional sporting events in other countries.
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