Via 11 Dallas dwelling video games this season (and a few exhibitions earlier than that), the Mavericks didn’t play the nationwide anthem, the one NBA group not to take action. It occurred on direct orders from Mark Cuban. There was no dialogue of this as a result of there have been no followers within the constructing, and for the reason that anthem isn’t proven on broadcasts it was barely seen.
It turned a speaking level within the final 48 hours because the Mavericks let a restricted variety of followers again within the constructing.
Wednesday, NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass launched this assertion concerning the nationwide anthem:
“With NBA groups now within the technique of welcoming followers again into their arenas, all groups will play the nationwide anthem consistent with longstanding league coverage.”
That’s a change from what NBA spokesman Tim Frank informed the Related Press: “Beneath the distinctive circumstances of this season, groups are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see match.”
How is Cuban taking this?
Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban to @NYTSports on the league’s resolution to mandate the taking part in of the nationwide anthem earlier than video games: “We’re good with it.”
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 10, 2021
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks will resume taking part in the Anthem tonight vs. Atlanta. Assertion from Cuban, partially: “The hope is that those that really feel passionate in regards to the anthem being performed shall be simply as passionate in listening to those that don’t really feel it represents them.” pic.twitter.com/XnXpd8ThlW
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2021
Enjoying the anthem earlier than a sporting occasion is an American custom hardly ever seen in the remainder of the world (exterior of the World Cup and some different occasions). There’s a reliable dialogue available about whether or not that is one thing we must always do earlier than video games.
This could occur in every single place. Should you assume the anthem must be performed earlier than sporting occasions, then play it earlier than each film, live performance, church service and the beginning of each work day at each enterprise. What good purpose is there to play the anthem earlier than a sport? https://t.co/HvnBtXhgGS
— Stan Van Gundy (@realStanVG) February 10, 2021
Enjoying the anthem is custom and performs poorly on the general public relations entrance to skip it, so the league will be certain it will get performed.
Dallas goes to should scramble to line up a number of anthem singers within the coming weeks. That mentioned, that is just about a tempest in a teapot, and it’s now over.
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