Mark Cuban has revoked Dallas Mavericks media credentials from ESPN.com reporters Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon this season.
The media blackout also extends to all ESPN.com reporters wishing to cover Mavericks' games at American Airlines Center this season. The Mavericks are aired locally on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM. ESPN is also a national broadcast partner with the NBA.
Cuban declined to discuss in detail the reasons behind the decision not to allow the two longtime Dallas-based reporters access to American Airlines Center during Mavericks’ games. The decision went into effect with Friday’s game against Portland, the second home game of the season.
“They’re not banned from the building,” Cuban said Sunday night. “They can still buy a ticket.”
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Stein and MacMahon have covered the Mavericks, and the NBA, for years at ESPN.com and previously at the Dallas Morning News. The NBA league office is aware of the issue.
“We are in communication with both ESPN and Mark Cuban about this matter,” NBA spokesman Michael Bass said via email.
ESPN also issued a statement.
“We’re committed to thoroughly covering the Mavs and the NBA,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said via email.
MacMahon was in the arena for the home opener Oct. 28 and covered the Mavericks throughout the preseason. He had been the team's primary beat writer for ESPN before transitioning into a league-wide role this season.
The Mavericks (1-5) snapped the worst winless start in franchise history with Sunday night’s 86-75 overtime win over Milwaukee.