NBA season gets underway without CCTV coverage in China

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass to Anthony Davis #3 after a screen, as Patrick Patterson #54 and Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers defend (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

State broadcaster CCTV did not show the opening games of the 2019-20 NBA season amid the ongoing strained relationship between China and the North American basketball league.

The NBA has been facing a backlash from Chinese commercial partners, government, sports officials and fans this month after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, shared an image on Twitter 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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