Mark Cuban Responds to Twitter Critics
The Dallas Mavericks will require fans entering the American Airlines Center for home games to be fully immunized against the coronavirus or proof of having a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the game.
The Mavericks are following the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors, who will have similar policies. The Thunder and Mavericks are the only teams to have adopted a policy without a local mandate to comply with.
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The announcement arrived in the inboxes of Mavericks season-ticket holders, according to 105.3 Fan in Dallas. Additionally, fans will have to wear masks throughout the arena except when eating or drinking. Children under the age of 12 who are not sitting within 15 feet of the court will not need to comply with the requirements, but anyone over the age of 2 will still have to wear a mask.
Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban explained the decision D Magazine.
“We wanted to keep our customers and employees as safe as possible. There is no absolute with COVID. But based on the data we have, we felt it was the best decision. As the data and science evolve, we will reevaluate Will make our decisions as often as we think it helps,” Cuban said.
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Cuba also responded to criticism of the policy on Twitter.
Mavericks fans are hoping that a new coach and a roster full of talent, including Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, will bring them back to the NBA Finals.
The Mavericks have a Precision Home Game on October 6.
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Dallas was bounced from the first round of the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons. Jason Kidd was hired to replace Rick Carlisle as head coach for this season.