HANG TIME DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has pledged to donate $1 million to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, he announced Friday via Twitter.
Cuban asked for suggestions as to an entity he should donate the funds. He will make the donation in the name of the Dallas Mavericks and his television network AXSTV, formerly known as HDNet.
“The more devastation I saw on TV the more I felt the need to contribute,” Cuban said in the e-mail.
On his Twitter account Friday, Cuban wrote:
Prior to sending out his tweet, Cuban said he gave $7,500 to www.foodbanknyc.org.
Cuban’s total donation of more than $1 million will actually surpass the amount the NBA and the league’s players’ association together pledged on Thursday. The NBA and NBPA are making a commitment of $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations, including The Salvation Army, New York Cares and Jersey Cares,whichhave mobilized to assist the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
In addition, NBA teams and players around the league are supporting a number of humanitarian organizations to help bring aid to those impacted by the storm’s devastation. The league and its broadcast partners will also air pregame and in-game messages to encourage fans to support relief efforts by the Red Cross.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, after a long ride Friday into New York City where the Heat are playing the New York Knicks tonight, said he plans to donate the equivalent of his paycheck from the game to relief efforts. The Madison Square Garden Company will donate $500,000, it announced Friday, and host a telethon on the MSG Network to support relief efforts.
The NBA postponed the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener against the Knicks on Thursday due largely to a shutdown of public transportation.
Also on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced they will donate $50,000 and will match donations up to an additional $50,000 from its fans to the American Red Cross.