Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

China TV drops NBA exhibition games, escalating pressure amid tweet uproar

Posted by M. C. on October 8, 2019

Normally I wouldn’t care but I have to ask: is this NBA owner really this stupid? What did he expect?

Maybe NBA owners have a concussion problem.

I know Beijing has a problem-messing up the best thing they have going.
by Reuters

* CCTV says it won’t air NBA exhibition games in China this week

* NBA under pressure after GM tweet supporting Hong Kong protests (Updates with comment from Silver, Chinese ministry)

By Chris Gallagher and Se Young Lee

BEIJING/TOKYO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Chinese state television said on Tuesday it would not air NBA exhibition games played in the country this week, heaping pressure on the U.S. basketball league after a tweet by a Houston Rockets executive backing protests in Hong Kong.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey apologised on Monday for any hurt caused by the tweet, which he quickly deleted over the weekend.

But China’s government, fans and the team’s partners have not been assuaged, resulting in loss of sponsors and broadcasts in the world’s second-largest economy and an important National Basketball Association (NBA) market.

“We strongly oppose Silver’s support of Morey on the basis of freedom of speech and we think any comments that challenge a country’s sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech,” CCTV said Tuesday in a statement in Chinese, adding that it would review its relationship with the NBA.

The NBA issued a statement saying it regretted Morey’s remarks, drawing criticism from U.S. lawmakers.

But commissioner Adam Silver said it was not up to the NBA to regulate what players, employees and team owners said.

“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues,” Silver said in a statement. “It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences.”…

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