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Mavericks Owner Cuban Fined by NBA

November 20, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined by the NBA for the second time in a week Monday for making critical comments about the officiating in one of his team’s games.

The billionaire was fined $15,000 for ``confronting and verbally abusing″ the officials during and after Dallas’ 99-78 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 15.

Cuban was fined $5,000 on Nov. 21 for comments he made during the Mavericks’ 109-84 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Mavericks coach Don Nelson was charged with a technical foul after Cuban criticized the officials from his seat behind Dallas’ bench.

Cuban has claimed the quality of officiating this season has declined and that he has charts to substantiate his charges. He said the NBA has not looked at his information.

Following the first fine, Cuban said he hoped the NBA would take his criticism seriously.

``I agree with the league in fining me,″ Cuban said after being fined $5,000. ``The policy is to fine anyone who criticizes the officiating. I knew that before I said anything.

``But it still doesn’t address the issue.″

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