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CCTV maintains NBA blackout

Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers fights for the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA season got underway yesterday (Thursday) without television coverage in China as state broadcaster CCTV maintained its blackout amid a long-running dispute with the basketball league.

CCTV has not shown the NBA since last October after a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey included an image that read “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong” in reference to the protests in the city against the role of the Chinese state in local governance.

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