According to Tim Cato, of The Athletic, the Dallas Mavericks have ceased playing the national anthem before home games this season and do not plan to play it moving forward, a decision made by owner Mark Cuban, which he confirmed to The Athletic on Monday evening.
All of the preseason and
regular-season games played at American Airlines Center this season
have not featured the national anthem. Monday night, however, was
the first time this season that fans/media were allowed into the
arena, which brought immediate attention to the Mavs choosing to
not play the national anthem before tip-off.
According to Cato, Cuban declined to comment further on the removal of the national anthem at American Airlines Center.