The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 10, 2013

Art Feeds receives gift from Dallas Mavericks owner

Globe Staff Writer

— Art Feeds announced on its web site Wednesday that it has been named the recipient of a $50,000 donation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Cuban was fined $50,000 earlier this week by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating.

“What Mark typically does is match any fine from the NBA and give it to a charity,” said Scott Tomlin, basketball communications manager for the Mavericks.

Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.5 million by the league during his 13 years owning the Mavericks, expressed his frustration with the officiating on his Twitter page following the Mavericks' 99-96 overtime loss to New Orleans on Saturday.

Cuban apologized to fans in the tweet, saying that he's "tried for 13 (years) to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably" and asking for their suggestions.

Art Feeds says Thank you to Mark Cuban for a $50k donation from Art Feeds on Vimeo.

An NBA spokesman confirmed the fine Tuesday.

According to the Art Feeds web site, on Monday night, tweets started flowing in from the organization’s friends and supporters watching AXS.TV, which is the high-definition cable station based in Dallas that is owned by Cuban.

Cuban was letting his viewers at AXS.TV decide who would receive a $50,000  donation this week.

On Tuesday, AXS.TV announced that Art Feeds was the winner.

“As an organization who works their buns off for every Ben Franklin coming into our accounts, we are blown away by this gift — given without strings, voting or lengthy pages of budget spreadsheets,” Art Feeds announced on its Web site.  

“Holy smokes! This is a huge blessing ... Thanks Mark Cuban!”