In February, Mavs Owner Mark Cuban ordered stadium staff not to play the national anthem. Last week, Texas Republicans responded by passing a law requiring him to play it.
Now, all that remains is for Texas Governor Greg Abbott to sign it.
The bill, known officially as Senate Bill 4 and better known as the “Star-Spangled Banner Protection Act,” was made a legislative priority of Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick after Cuban canceled the anthem for 13 Mavericks preseason and regular-season home games earlier this year.
“Sell the franchise & some Texas Patriots will buy it. We ARE the land of free & home of the brave,” Patrick wrote on Twitter at the time.