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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Dan Wetzel: China, like any successful totalitarian nation, knows that the key to assuring silence and compliance rests in oversized disciplinary action against even the slightest of uprisings. Nothing gets everyone in line like an occasional annihilation.

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... the National Basketball Association, which is apologizing and kowtowing to the Chinese government ...

The NBA is a profit-seeking corporation, not a sports organization. The owners of the teams in the NBA are looking to make profit, using basketball players to attract ticket-buying and game-watching fans is how they make that profit.

The NBA seems to realize that if you want to do business in China, you play by China's rules.

How many fans does the NBA have in the United States? The NBA has 800 million fans in China.

I am not at all surprised that the NBA caved to China's demands.

I also think, however, that we will be seeing more in this set-to.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-08 10:39 AM | Reply


Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo, and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet
techcrunch.com

...Smartphone maker Vivo, broadcaster CCTV, and internet giant Tencent said today they are suspending all cooperation with the National Basketball Association, becoming the latest Chinese firms to cut ties with the league after a tweet from a Houston Rockets executive supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters offended many in the world's most populous nation....

Even Sen Cruz seems to misunderstand the purpose of the NBA, thinking the NBA is about the sport and not the profits...

twitter.com


Ted Cruz
Verified account @tedcruz

Ted Cruz Retweeted Sopan Deb

As a lifelong @HoustonRockets fan, I was proud to see @dmorey call out the Chinese Communist Party's repressive treatment of protestors in Hong Kong.

Now, in pursuit of big $$, the @nba is shamefully retreating.



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-08 10:55 AM | Reply

Inside The NBA's Push To Make Basketball The World's Most Popular Sport
www.forbes.com

...Among the nearly 1.4 billion people who call China home, 640 million of them watched some kind of NBA programming over the course of the 2017-2018 season, per league figures....

Though the NBA Finals wasn't really close last year, CCTV drew 25 million viewers per game, per league figures. For Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between Golden State and Houston, 29.4 million tuned in on CCTV and another 10 million watched on Tencent. Chang estimates that regular season games this season average four million viewers on CCTV and three million on Tencent even though an 8 p.m. game in New York tips off at 9 a.m. the next day in China....


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-08 11:08 AM | Reply

The Free Market is working it out, apparently.

#4 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-10-08 12:51 PM | Reply

I stopped caring about basketball when the Trail Blazers signed an exclusive deal with Comcast... I ain't paying for cable just to watch b-ball

Same with Oregon Ducks football... when they went to pac-12 tv .. I retired from giving a poo

#5 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-10-08 01:11 PM | Reply

We're getting ahead of ourselves here. A large percentage of Chinese folks
-have dirt floors
-don't have indoor plumbing
-cannot read
-have no televisions in their villages

or a combination of these fun attributes. Sure, millions there watch the NBA, but millions do not, and do not know what the NBA is...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2019-10-08 01:26 PM | Reply

Thanks, Capitalism!

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-08 01:44 PM | Reply

@#6 ... Sure, millions there watch the NBA, but millions do not, and do not know what the NBA is... ...

So you're saying that China is a huge growth opportunity for NBA profits!


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-08 02:57 PM | Reply

#5

DITTO!!!

Also didn't care for the way the blazers treated the radio play-by-play announcers.

#9 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2019-10-08 03:00 PM | Reply

NBA stars affirm love for China

When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn came to the U.S. after years of captivity in the USSR, he professed amazement at how U.S. journalists who had exhibited cowardice when in the Soviet Union were posing as courageous lions of the press in the more congenial setting of the United States. I get the same feeling about the National Basketball Association.

The NBA poses as a beacon of woke liberalism when it comes to U.S. politics. Yet, it kowtows to the tyrants of China.

There's a difference, though, between the journalists Solzhenitsyn held in contempt and the NBA executives. The journalists feared for their physical well being in the Soviet Union (we can't all be Solzhenitsyn). The NBA execs are fearful only of losing money.

The problem isn't confined to frauds like NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and other executives. Players who are incensed when a police officer shoots a man who attacked him, and who rail against "mass incarceration" in America, seem untroubled when Chinese police or their stooges in Hong Kong violently attack peaceful protesters and when China incarcerates a million Muslims.

Houston Rockets star James Harden, with teammate and fellow star Russell Westbrook standing next to him, said "we apologize to China, you know we love China." The apology was for tweets by Houston's general manager supporting Hong Kong protesters.

No one should care what an NBA player thinks about politics or world affairs. But since many take these guys seriously when they opine about such matters, it's fair to call them out when they express their love for China and apologize for expressions of support for pro-democracy protesters.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-10-08 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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Didn't Donnie small hands just congratulate them on 70 years of repressive rule? Asking for a non chi-com friend.

#11 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-10-08 10:02 PM | Reply

China is to the NBA what MLS is to aging European soccer stars. One last chance to cash in when your skills are no longer at an elite level. So, I can completely understand this from a financial perspective. As a freedom loving American - I find this sickening. They way these people bow down to the communists is a threat to America - reminds of Walter Duranty. Sickening.

#12 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-10-08 10:46 PM | Reply

Capitalism vs Racism.

Racism is a powerful drug.

#13 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-10-08 11:10 PM | Reply

@#10

Is this the link for the text you posted?

www.powerlineblog.com

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-08 11:27 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by fresno500

Where can I get this 'racism' thing. Got a hundred in my pocket right now.

#15 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-10-09 02:49 AM | Reply

Thanks, Capitalism!

#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

DEAD WRONG. Its greed, which exists in any political system, and as I've metioned many times on this site, my infancy was in the Soviet Union and I am a victim of the Prague spring.

I'm siding with Morey. That took guts. China, never plays fair and I support Trumps tarrifs (but not those on Europe).

#16 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-10-09 04:07 AM | Reply

#13 | Posted by fresno500,You do realize that China is an authoritarian ethno-state. Ask the Tibetans how tolerant the Chinese are, while they still exist.

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-10-09 09:05 AM | Reply

It's okay, the Rockets have trotted out their players to apologize to China.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-09 09:21 AM | Reply

Sure, millions there watch the NBA, but millions do not, and do not know what the NBA is...

#6 | Posted by catdog

Millions? Tens if not Hundreds of millions watch the NBA in China. China has over a Billion people and most do not have dirt floors and have indoor plumbing and smart phones at this point.

#19 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-10-09 12:09 PM | Reply

#17. I realize that China and Iran were minding their own business until Jan 20, 2017.

#20 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-10-09 02:16 PM | Reply

You can't complain that Kaepernick has been wronged by a bunch of racist old white dudes and back the decision of the owners to cave to China's demands, or vice versa, back the NFL owners and whine about the NBA owners.

IT'S. A. BUSINESS.

#21 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-10-09 02:42 PM | Reply

#20 No, they were not. Not even close. Don't be stupid.

#22 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-10-09 02:44 PM | Reply

Why should the nba care what china thinks?

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-10-09 04:16 PM | Reply

Why should the nba care what china thinks?
#23 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Billions of dollars.

Duh.

#24 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-10-09 04:17 PM | Reply

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