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Mavs, other NBA teams stop staying at Trump hotels, ESPN reports

Businessman Mark Cuban stops to speak with members of the media as he arrives for the third presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2016.
Businessman Mark Cuban stops to speak with members of the media as he arrives for the third presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2016. AP

The Dallas Mavericks and at least two more NBA teams have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels, according to an ESPN report.

ESPN cited sources saying that the Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies “have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago ... in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect.”

A fourth team is contracted to stay at a Trump hotel in New York this season, but will switch to a different hotel when its contract expires, ESPN reported. Seven other NBA teams are scheduled to stay at Trump-branded hotels this season.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry publicly supported Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the campaign. The billionaire Cuban became increasingly critical of Trump leading up to the election, saying a week before Election Day that he’d “rather lose every penny than have Trump as president.”

A travel expert told ESPN that the Trump SoHo has become “an increasingly popular property throughout the league” for two-game trips against the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, which moved from New Jersey in 2012.

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