Will the NBA be playing the National Anthem before every game?


Kasey Filler, Writer

The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, had said that they will not be playing the national anthem before the start of their home games. Cuban believes that the anthem has no place in a workplace. No businesses play the national anthem before the start of a work day and the NBA is a workplace for the athletes. Not only that but the national anthem represents something else entirely to many people. Cuban understands that he is a very wealthy white man that can’t understand what his Black Employees go through every day in America. Another reason he doesn’t want to play the national anthem before the home games is to make his employees workplace a little less hostile. He realizes that the national anthem for many can represent not national pride but the sound of oppression.

When the NBA heard about what Mark Cuban was planning to do of course they had something to say about it. The NBA communications chief, Mike Bass, said, “With NBA teams now welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with long lasting league policy.” With the NBA requiring all teams to play the national anthem they also agree that with everything going on right now it’s fair to question if the national anthem has a place in a workplace where people who might be oppressed work.

Click here to read the full article about everything that happened between Mark Cuban and the NBA. Do you think the NBA did the right thing by making it a rule that every team has to play the national anthem before every game?