Mark Cuban settles dispute with ESPN, restores credentials

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has restored the credentials of two ESPN reporters who cover the team, with both sides saying they agreed on an adjustment in how NBA coverage appears on the network's website.

ESPN President John Skipper said the network "has never contemplated automated reporting in our NBA coverage" after Cuban raised such concerns when he pulled the credentials for Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon last weekend.

Skipper said the network will now link to team sites in game recaps while still utilizing content from The Associated Press "when we are not in the building." The AP has at least one reporter at every NBA game.

Cuban said he appreciated the "support, help and consideration" of Skipper and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in reaching a compromise.