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Mavs' sellout streak in jeopardy

10/30/2013

UPDATE: Mark Cuban said before the game that the Mavs sold all the tickets and will have a capacity crowd for the opener.

DALLAS – Good seats are still available for the Dallas Mavericks' season opener.

That qualifies as breaking news, considering the Mavs have the longest active sellout streak in professional sports. Owner Mark Cuban said during a Wednesday morning appearance on KTCK-AM that approximately 700 or 800 tickets were available for the opener against the Atlanta Hawks.

“That sellout streak is important, I think,” Cuban said. “We’ve got the longest sellout streak in all of sports right now, in all of pro sports. It is really impressive, especially for Dallas. You don’t think of Dallas as the hardcore sports. It’s just a good sports town. Our fans are incredible, and we want to keep that streak going.”

The Mavs have sold out 473 consecutive regular-season games, a streak that dates to Dec. 15, 2001. They have also sold 60 straight playoff games during that stretch.

That became the longest active sellout streak in professional sports when the Boston Red Sox failed to sell out an April game at Fenway Park, ending a streak of 820 games, including the playoffs.

The Mavs have had two notable streaks end over the last couple of years. Their 50-win streak ended after 11 seasons -- the third-longest such streak in NBA history -- during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. Dallas' 12-year playoff streak ended last season.