China Punishes NBA As Crisis Over Democracy Tweet Deepens
China Punishes NBA As Crisis Over Democracy Tweet Deepens
After the NBA condemned Daryl Morey Steve Kerr is hesitant to speak up on the league's China controversy. More
09 October, 2019, 20:57
The NBA's account is followed by almost 42 million people on leading Chinese platform Weibo, while the most popular American team in China - the Golden State Warriors - has more than 8.5 million followers. It matters who you do business with.
Several of the NBA's most prominent sponsors in China took immediate action in response to Morey's tweet.
"If Silver thinks endorsing the indiscriminate violence the radical Hong Kong protesters are resorting to.is supporting freedom of expression, then he should think again".
The protests were "a bid to liberate the city" and "a secessionist pipe-dream" peddled by demonstrators "to justify their summer hooliganism", the newspaper added. Hong Kong protesters allege they have been routinely subjected to police brutality, and the Hong Kong Police Force has repeatedly rejected calls for an independent investigation of the use of force.
Some fans expressed dismay at the way the controversy had spread, while voicing their support for Beijing's view.
United States jewellery brand Tiffany and Hong Kong's flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, have also been heavily criticised in China.
However, Chinese officials won't be forgetting the deleted Tween anytime soon.
The NBA's efforts to please the Chinese government appear not to be limited to the issuance of obsequious press statements and the disavowal of criticism of the oppressive Communist regime.
"It is inevitable that people around the world - including from America and China - will have different viewpoints over different issues", Silver said in the statement. He became a star and helped build the NBA's following in China.
Silver is set to meet with Yao Ming, the former Rocket and head of the Chinese Basketball Association, who Silver described as "hot" over Morey's tweet.
NBA China, launched in 2008 to run the league's business, is now worth more than $4 billion, according to Forbes.
China on Tuesday pulled NBA exhibition games from television screens as the league faced an escalating punishment campaign in the lucrative Chinese market ignited by an American basketball executive's pro-democracy tweet.
Dongfeng Motor Co., Nissan's joint venture, halted its cooperation with the NBA, while the Mengniu Group, which owns a dairy company and is a long-time NBA marketing partner, said it "resolutely opposes all words and deeds that challenge China's national sovereignty and endanger China's social stability".
"Silver's about face, which will definitely give a shot to the arms of the rioters in Hong Kong, shows his organisation is willing to be another handy tool for U.S. interference in the special administrative region", the state-run China Daily newspaper said in an editorial.
Some Chinese fans have asked for streaming subscription refunds from exclusive service provider Tencent, which halted broadcast of Rockets games after the Morey tweet.
Smartphone maker Vivo said it was pulling out, while Master Kong, a maker of instant noodles and beverages, said it ended all NBA-linked marketing activities.
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