NBA in China into a storm of anger: CCTV suspended games related products off the shelves

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Reference News Network reported on Oct. 9 that the American Professional Basketball League (NBA) is facing a public relations crisis. The trigger of the crisis is that the general manager of Houston Rocket Club issued a Twitter about improper comments in Hong Kong. In response to the incident, CCTV Sports Channel, China Central Radio and TV Station, issued a statement again on October 8, deciding to immediately suspend the broadcasting arrangements for NBA matches, which aroused the attention of foreign media.
According to the website of Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao on October 8, CCTV Sports Channel said in a statement that it strongly disapproved and opposed NBA President Adam Xiaohua’s claim to support Morey’s right to free expression. CCTV believes that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability does not fall within the scope of freedom of speech. CCTV Sports Channel decided to immediately suspend the current broadcasting arrangements of the NBA pre-season (China Match) and immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA.
Xiao Hua told Kyodo News earlier on the 8th that he supported Houston Rocket Club General Manager Morey’s right to express his views on Hong Kong, but did not support what he said.
According to the website of Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao on October 8, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to CCTV’s suspension of broadcasting NBA matches at a regular press conference on October 8 by saying that it would be impractical to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China but not understand the public opinion of China.
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston had made strict representations to the other side about the wrong statements made by the Houston Rocket Club. The Chinese Basketball Association and the Chinese partners of the Houston Rocket Club had made statements successively, and China’s position was very clear.
Reference News Network reported on Oct. 9 that the American Professional Basketball League (NBA) is facing a public relations crisis. The trigger of the crisis is that the general manager of Houston Rocket Club issued a Twitter about improper comments in Hong Kong. In response to the incident, CCTV Sports Channel, China Central Radio and TV Station, issued a statement again on October 8, deciding to immediately suspend the broadcasting arrangements for NBA matches, which aroused the attention of foreign media.
According to the website of Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao on October 8, CCTV Sports Channel said in a statement that it strongly disapproved and opposed NBA President Adam Xiaohua’s claim to support Morey’s right to free expression. CCTV believes that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability does not fall within the scope of freedom of speech. CCTV Sports Channel decided to immediately suspend the current broadcasting arrangements of the NBA pre-season (China Match) and immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA.
Xiao Hua told Kyodo News earlier on the 8th that he supported Houston Rocket Club General Manager Morey’s right to express his views on Hong Kong, but did not support what he said.
According to the website of Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao on October 8, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to CCTV’s suspension of broadcasting NBA matches at a regular press conference on October 8 by saying that it would be impractical to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China but not understand the public opinion of China.
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston had made strict representations to the other side about the wrong statements made by the Houston Rocket Club. The Chinese Basketball Association and the Chinese partners of the Houston Rocket Club had made statements successively, and China’s position was very clear.
Geng Shuang said, “I suggest you pay attention to the reaction and attitude of ordinary Chinese people to this matter. It is impractical to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China but not understand the public opinion of China.”
According to Agence France-Presse on October 8, the NBA and Brooklyn Nets suddenly cancelled a media event scheduled to be held in Shanghai on October 8. Basketball players, team owners, Canadian Chinese Cai Chongxin and NBA Chinese officials were scheduled to attend the public event. This week, the Nets will hold a pre-season match with the Los Angeles Lakers in China.
But two hours before the start of the campaign, NBA China sent a brief notice to the media that the campaign had been cancelled.
The notice did not specify the reasons for the cancellation, nor did NBA representatives immediately respond to Agence France Presse’s queries, nor was it clear whether other events and competitions would take place as scheduled.
Cai Chongxin wrote on Facebook on October 7 that Morey’s tweets were intolerable to the Chinese government and people. He also said that freedom of speech could not extend to what the Chinese considered minefields.
In addition, US media reported on Oct. 7 that a controversy sweeping the US professional basketball league has intensified in recent days. Chinese fans have expressed their anger and online retailers are competing to get off the shelves.
Morey, general manager of Houston Rocket Club, made inappropriate remarks on Twitter on the evening of October 4, which triggered a storm in China.
On October 7, the Rockets found themselves virtually banned from official broadcasting channels in China. Their goods disappeared overnight from China’s largest e-commerce platform, putting millions of dollars in revenue and advertising sponsorship in jeopardy.
Reported that some Chinese fans called for a boycott of the Rockets, which is one of the most popular teams in the NBA’s largest international market. In the 2018-2019 season, about 490 million users in China watched NBA online games.
Reported that the controversy highlights the difficulties faced by Western brands, China is now about to surpass the United States as the world’s largest consumer market.
So far, China’s state media have published a lot of articles criticizing the Rockets, while CCTV Sports Channel said it would adjust the arrangement and temporarily suspend the Rockets’games. Sports channels have been broadcasting NBA games for more than 30 years.
Chinese fans have expressed their dissatisfaction through social media, and some have even called for a boycott of the entire NBA. “As a Chinese, I can’t stand anyone, anything and anything to split my country,” said a microblogger who has more than a million fans and claims to be a 14-year Houston Rockets fan.