NBA to play national anthem at every game, at all stadiums

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Referees huddle on an empty court at game time of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

In light of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announcing the team had not been playing the national anthem at home games at American Airlines Center, and had no intention to do so going forward, the NBA released a statement contradicting the Mavs owner.

According to a statement from the NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass, the NBA will play the national anthem as part of a “longstanding” policy.

“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” Bass wrote.

The Mavericks played their first 10 regular season home games without playing the national anthem. It wasn’t until they allowed fans back into the AAC that the absence of the national anthem was noticed.