Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Thursday he didn’t think the NBA would suspend the season due to the coronavirus.
“This is new territory for all of us,” Cuban said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
Cuban said he addressed his team Wednesday before the NBA’s announcement to pause its season indefinitely. The league took the action after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19.
Cuban said he told the team he thought there was a 5% or 10% chance at the most that play would be suspended.
“I didn’t think it was a likely outcome,” he said.
When Cuban heard the announcement, he said, “I obviously was stunned.”
“The minute I heard, my mind started racing, ‘OK, what all has to happen? What can we do to make sure we’re putting our players, fans and customers in the safest possible position?’” the billionaire entrepreneur said.
And that includes the Mavericks’ hourly employees who will be unable to work at the team’s games, Cuban said.
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