UPDATE: CCTV and Tencent Suspend NBA Coverage Amid Tweet Scandal

By That's Shanghai, October 8, 2019

0 0

UPDATE (Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5.07pm CST): The Weibo account of Tencent Sports released a post today at 4.40pm stating that it will also temporarily suspend the broadcasting of NBA preseason games. 

In response to comments made by NBA commissioner Adam Silver about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s controversial tweet over the weekend, Chinese broadcaster CCTV has decided to suspend the broadcast of NBA preseason games and will investigate all cooperation with the National Basketball Association. 

While CCTV and Tencent initially stated they would not show Houston Rockets games, the comments made by Silver have worsened matters. 

According to The Paper, CCTV today released a statement which read: 

We’ve taken notice of the response of NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who is currently participating in an event in Japan, to Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s inappropriate tweet about Hong Kong-related events. We are deeply dissatisfied with and oppose Silver’s remark that he supported Morey’s right to free speech. We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech. 

As such, CCTV has decided to immediately suspend the broadcast arrangements for the NBA preseason (China Games) and will immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA.

Silver’s comments came as he spoke with Japanese news agency Kyodo News. According to Reuters, Silver said, “I think as a values-based organization that I want to make it clear... that Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression. I accept that it is also Chinese governments’ and Chinese businesses’ right to react to those words and, at least from my long-time experience in the NBA, it will take some time to heal some of these issues.”

A number of high profile Chinese celebrities and companies have come out in opposition to Morey’s tweet. The CBA announced that they would cease cooperation with the Houston Rockets, while team sponsors Li-Ning and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank also denounced Morey’s tweet. Former NBA ambassador and popstar Cai Xukun also announced that he would cease cooperation with the association. 

New Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai also weighed in on the controversy, saying, “the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”

The Nets are scheduled to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in exhibition games in Shanghai on Thursday and Shenzhen on Saturday this week. However, the possibility of these games taking place seems more and more unlikely. The Chinese education bureau canceled an event that was supposed to take place at the New World Experimental School in Shanghai today. 

READ MORE: China Condemns NBA's Houston Rockets Over GM's Tweet

[Cover image via Pixabay]

more news

Join an All-Female Basketball Pick-Up Session Near You!

Adriana Sports is offering pick-up basketball sessions for women.

Adriana Sport: Basketball Performance Training to Prevent Injury

Adriana’s missions is to create an exclusive ‘ecosystem’ for amateur women’s sports.

Stephon Marbury, From NBA All-Star to Chinese Basketball Legend

Stephon Marbury has lived his best life in China, moving to the Middle Kingdom in 2010 to play in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

There's Still Time to Sign Up for Capital Sportz Basketball Camp

A fast paced, fundamentally sound, team-oriented approach to learning the game of basketball.

US Baller Watkins Williams Talks Overseas Basketball and China Ambitions

Based in Shunde, Guangdong, Watkins Williams has been playing in China’s Wild Ball League.

China's 5 Biggest Sports Losers in 2019

Welcome to our 2019 China Year in Review series.

The Ultimate Guide to Your City's Pro Chinese Basketball Squad

Hop on the bandwagon for your local basketball team with this guide to some of the league's best and closest franchises.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives