NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday that the NBA will return to broadcast television on CCTV in China after an 18-month rollback. Silver, who believes this is a positive development for the league, praised the partnership between the NBA and the Chinese government.
“From a policy point of view, almost every Fortune 100 company does business in China. We have a huge, gigantic business relationship with China. Almost all the phones in this room, the clothes you wear, the shoes you wear, are made in China,” Silver said. During his media availability in the NBA Finals. “From a larger societal point of view, this is something we have to look to the US government for direction,” Silver added.
Anais Kanter Freedom wants a word with Silver.
Not long after Silver concluded his lobbying, former Boston Celtics center Ines Kanter Freedom responded via an Instagram post accusing and calling for the commissioner to give in to Chinese propaganda. According to Freedom, Silver only pays for a fruitful business partnership between America and China because the former earns billions of dollars from it.
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“You’re trying to export this Americana to an evil empire, Which gives you billions of dollars to shut ourselves out and do their propaganda in our country,” said Liberty, who has long been protesting the issue.
Silver on the importance of trade relations with China
The NBA’s decade-long partnership with China was dealt a severe blow in October 2019 after current Philadelphia 76ers general manager Daryl Morey (then general manager of the Houston Rockets) tweeted in support of Hong Kong for their anti-government protests over a sensational extradition bill. controversy.
For this reason, China responded by blocking all coverage of the NBA that was broadcast in their country. The NBA then lost hundreds of millions as its partnership with the Asian Empire headed south. But as Silver continues to restore the partnership between the league and China, the commissioner still believes in the balance of free speech and the importance of developing a productive business partnership between the two countries.
“Others have since spoken out about their views on China and elsewhere in the world, and if the consequences are that we go off broadcasts or lose money, we accept that,” Silver said.
“If people are now suggesting that we should no longer have trade relations with China, and I don’t think they do, that’s a huge global issue where we’re going to follow our government’s lead,” Silver added.