Mark Cuban Revokes Dallas Mavericks Press Credentials for Two ESPN Writers


mark cubanDallas Mavericks owner and prominent Hillary Clinton surrogate (and vocal Donald Trump critic) Mark Cuban has revoked the media credentials of two ESPN basketball writers. This effectively bars them from attending Mavericks basketball games as members of the press.

Tim Cato of SB Nation reports that the dispute between Cuban and ESPN stems from the transitioned role of one of the writers, Tim MacMahon. After previously serving as a beat writer dedicated solely to coverage of the Mavericks, MacMahon was moved into a more general role covering several teams, meaning that ESPN is scaling back its coverage of the Mavs during a season which they’ve started at 1-5 and are expected to struggle. The other writer, Mark Stein, was already splitting his time between multiple teams as a prominent national writer, despite living in Dallas.

The Mavericks have not issued official comment, but Cuban did speak briefly to writer Art Garcia:

Mark Cuban has criticized the repbulican Presidential nominee for, among other things, a lack of transparency — to the point where he offered $10 million to a charity of Trump’s choice if he agreed to sit for a four-hour interview with the Mavs owner.

Dallas Morning News sports writer Tim Cowlishaw pointed this out on Twitter in his criticism Cuban for revoking the credentials of the two ESPN writers.

Cuban fired back at Cowlishaw, with whom he’s sparred in the past on social media:

ESPN, for its part, issued a statement through a spokesman according to Cato which said simply, “We’re committed to thoroughly covering the Mavs and the NBA.”

Cuban appeared with Hillary Clinton at a rally on Pittsburgh on Friday.

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