Tuesday , Mar , 11 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mark Cuban Setting NBA Blogging Policy

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has instituted a new policy banning full-time bloggers from the team’s locker room, drawing an official protest from The Dallas Morning News, which employs the only writer so far banned. In an e-mail sent to Cuban on Monday, Bob Yates, deputy managing editor/sports of The Morning News, wrote that the policy ‘is a veiled attempt at retribution’ against Morning News reporter Tim MacMahon, who has been blogging about the Mavericks since 2006.

Cuban told MacMahon to leave the locker room on Feb. 29, the same day MacMahon wrote an item critical of Mavericks coach Avery Johnson. Yates wrote that the policy, issued by the Mavericks over the weekend, contradicts language on the team’s season media passes, allowing access to all media areas, including locker rooms. Click here for more from the Dallas Morning News.