Dallas Mavericks: First NBA Team To Accept Dogecoin.

The Mavericks announced they will start accepting dogecoin for purchases of tickets and merchandise, becoming the first major sports team to do so.

"We will HODL any we get," Mark Cuban told Cointelegraph.

The National Basketball Association franchise confirmed Thursday that it has become the first major business to accept DOGE, allowing users to convert the digital currency to fiat using BitPay.

Domino Effect?

BitPay CEO Stephen Pair says the NBA franchise is helping to pave the way for cryptocurrency adoption:

“BitPay believes that with continued cryptocurrency adoption, the industry is reaching an inflection point that will forever change consumer confidence, trust and pave the way for blockchain payments to disrupt the way consumers and businesses receive and spend funds.”

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed the news to Cointelegraph and explained his rationale for incorporating DOGE payments:

It's real. And why wouldn't we take it? Our payment gateways support it. We will HODL any we get. And it's great PR and fun to take it!”

The billionaire owner has flip-flopped on dogecoin in the past, but appears to have embraced the digital asset. Dogecoin, exploded in popularity earlier this year — even surpassing Bitcoin in terms of tweet volumes — Elon Musk’s warm embrace of the meme-based coin contributed mainly to its rise.

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