Mark Cuban pays for his opinions!

By Allison Crawford

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This past week, the NBA fined Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, $200,000. He was fined $100,000 for going onto the court after game one of the Mavericks-Spurs series. The other $100,000 fine is for his blog. Since Cuban became the owner of the Mavs in 2000, he’s been fined over $1 million and suspended for three games.

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Cuban wrote a blog before game one but reposted it after the Mavericks lost to the Spurs in game one. In his blog, Cuban criticized the league regarding the selection of playoff officals. He also gave his told the league how they could improve playoff officiating. I don’t know about you, but I don’t necessarily agree with the fine for his blog. There are many people who write blogs that have commented on officiating. Trust me, I read them and its not just on NBA officiating, they’ve commented on officiating in every sport. Everyone makes comments on officiating. So my question is, are the NBA officials going to fine every blog they read that criticizes the officiating or just the blogs that are written by famous people? Are officials of the NFL or NCAA going to fine people for writing blogs that criticize officiating now that the NBA has? If people can’t express their views on their own blog, what are they suppose to do? Is this a one-time thing or is this the start of officials fining people for speaking their mind? I guess that means I better watch what I say then, huh?Â

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