Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks responds prior to the video game versus the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on December 20, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has actually contributed $100,000 to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Covid-19 Relief Fund, the company informed CNBC.
The fund was developed by NABJ to help both sports and non-sports reporters whose tasks have actually been affected by layoffs due to the pandemic. Cuban informed CNBC the contribution was to honor previous sportswriters, Roger B. Brown and Martin McNeal, “two legends in the business that I had the pleasure of working with via the Mavs.”
“I asked [lMavericks.com writer] Dwain Price what he considered the concept, which he was extremely, extremely helpful of, so I went on with it,” Cuban informed CNBC by means of e-mail.
Brown, who ended up being the very first full-time black sportswriter and writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, passed away on May 18. McNeal, who likewise covered the Mavericks prior to relocating to the Sacramento Bee passed away on May 21.
“On behalf of the NABJ Sports Task Force, we are honored that Mark Cuban has stepped up in such a meaningful, impactful way at a time when so many are in need,” A. Sherrod Blakely, Chair of the NABJ Sports Task Force, stated in a declaration.
Journalism tasks had actually been struck hard due to the pandemic. Outlets from standard papers and digital membership websites like The Athletic, which just recently laid off 8% of its personnel, have actually been required to cut authors as sports leagues went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dorothy Tucker, NABJ president, applauded Cuban’s support to guarantee more black reporters have the “financial support needed to navigate through this critical time.”
“To know we will have more resources to provide to our members via our relief efforts is encouraging,” Tucker stated in a declaration. “The journalism occupation has actually played a critical function in assisting to conserve lives by reporting important details. Mr. Cuban’s contribution will assist numerous of our members compromise their time and skills to guarantee that the general public is educated about Covid-19.