Cuban re­vokes re­porters’ cre­den­tials

Baltimore Sun - - NBA - As­so­ci­ated Press

Mav­er­icks owner Mark Cuban said his de­ci­sion to re­voke the cre­den­tials of two ESPN writ­ers who cover his team was driven partly by con­cern that au­to­mated game re­ports could even­tu­ally re­place hu­man-gen­er­ated con­tent.

Cuban said Mon­day that he banned Marc Stein and Tim MacMa­hon from Mav­er­icks home games to bring at­ten­tion to the is­sue of com­pa­nies us­ing au­to­ma­tion in sports cov­er­age.

“Maybe I will be wrong, but I see a di­rect path from the trends in cov­er­age of games we are see­ing over the last cou­ple years to the au­to­ma­tion of re­port­ing on games and the cu­ra­tion of re­lated con­tent,” Cuban wrote in an email to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Heat cap­tain Udo­nis Haslem pur­chased sea­son tick­ets for the fam­ily of for­mer Army of­fi­cer Ed­mundo A. Llu­beres, who passed away in 2011. Llu­beres is among the 20 fallen Gold Star ser­vice mem­bers whose names will be worn by Heat play­ers and coaches as part of the fran­chise’s Home Strong ini­tia­tive, which raises money for veter­ans. ... The Pel­i­cans waived in­jured G Lance Stephen­son. They will cover Stephen­son’s re­hab and pay him at least un­til he’s healthy.

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