CCTV airs Game 5 of NBA Finals, ending year-long hiatus

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 6: Sideline Reporter Rachel Nichols talks with LeBron James.(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

CCTV, the state-run Chinese broadcaster, aired the fifth game of the NBA Finals series on Saturday, the first time an NBA game was broadcast in China since a controversial tweet damaged the nation’s relationship with the rights-holder.

CCTV held the league’s rights for the 2019-20 season in China but did not show a single game due to a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey a year ago. Morey expressed support for the citizens of Hong Kong via Twitter on October 4, 2019, with anti-Chinese State protests having raged in the territory for months.

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