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Sports When it comes to the NBA and China, Adam Silver can’t win

16:05  09 october  2019
16:05  09 october  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

Silver: NBA suffering 'substantial' losses from China fallout

  Silver: NBA suffering 'substantial' losses from China fallout The NBA is already seeing a significant hit to its bottom line in the wake of a tense multi-week standoff with its business partners in China. "The losses have already been substantial," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at the Time 100 Health Summit on Thursday, according to ESPN. "Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. "I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic."The furor was sparked by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey when he tweeted an image expressing solidarity with anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is going to Shanghai to try and repair the league's relationship with China but says he won ' t bend when it comes to protecting freedom of expression. " The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say

The NBA has won plaudits for supporting social issues in the US. But like any other sports league, it is an entertainment vehicle built to maximize profits. The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver , perhaps You cannot fence sit accusations of human rights abuses. Silver and the league’s head office were

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Adam Silver can't win.

The NBA Commissioner suddenly found himself in the biggest challenge of his tenure this month after the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet supporting pro-Democracy protestors in Hong Kong.

The Chinese government did not think it was so innocuous, however, and lashed out in a major way, announcing that its state-run media would no longer broadcast Rockets games, and has since canceled multiple events with the league. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta backtracked quickly, and Morey has since had to issue an apology.

Chinese government denies calling for Morey's firing

  Chinese government denies calling for Morey's firing Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang refuted Adam Silver's claim that China called for the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Shaung says the "Chinese government never posed this requirement," according to The Associated Press. The NBA commissioner spoke about the league's tense relations with China at the Time 100 Health Summit on Thursday, detailing the demands from the nation's government and other parties in response to Morey's actions.

Oct 8, 2019. Adam Silver is in a tough spot. Hold on: this isn’ t the beginning of a full-throated defense of the NBA . The league’s initial reaction to Daryl He recounted China ’s history with foreign occupiers, adding that “ Chinese psyche has heavy baggage when it comes to any threat, foreign or domestic

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement regarding the NBA and China : I recognize our initial statement left people angered Over the last three decades, the NBA has developed a great affinity for the people of China . We have seen how basketball can be an important

(If you want a full explainer on everything that's happened, we have one of those.)

And now Silver has had to step into the fray.

Silver has two key components of his jobs seemingly at odds with one another right now. The first part of his job is to oversee the financial health of the league and represent the interests of the team owners. It's hard to overstate just how important keeping China happy is to meet those goals.

China represents a major overseas fanbase for the sport, something that no other American league comes close to having. (The NFL would kill to have a fraction of people overseas following their sport in the way that the NBA has.)

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The second part of Silver's job is to oversee the health and wellbeing of the people who work in his league. He's made free expression a cornerstone of his tenure as Commissioner, notably allowing players to protest (to a degree) while the NFL fumbled around with banning players kneeling for the anthem.

Could Yao Ming mend the fences between the NBA and China?

  Could Yao Ming mend the fences between the NBA and China? TOKYO — Yao Ming could be the man in the middle if the NBA and China are going to mend fences. Yao is a former Houston Rockets great and a basketball Hall of Famer. At home, the towering centre is even larger as head of the Chinese Basketball Association and one of the most recognizable figures in the country. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to talk to him — soon. "I'm hoping together that Yao Ming and I can find accommodation," Silver saidYao is a former Houston Rockets great and a basketball Hall of Famer. At home, the towering centre is even larger as head of the Chinese Basketball Association and one of the most recognizable figures in the country.

TOKYO — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets The rift between China and the NBA started late last week when Morey tweeted a now-deleted image that At the end of the day, we come with basketball as an opportunity to sell dreams, sell hopes

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Tuesday the league was not willing to compromise and backed members' right to express their opinions. It comes after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong

So here he is, and he's got to make a choice. He can either hang Morey out to dry, and send a loud-and-clear message to the rank-and-file of the NBA that they can have free expression, but only until it messes with the NBA's bottom line.

Or Silver can back Morey fully, and risk ticking off a Chinese government which can effectively shut down the sport in its country. It has that power. In doing so, Silver could effectively wipe out a massive revenue stream for his league, and put his job in jeopardy.

Which all lead to Silver's statement this week, which was a bit of … everything. He said he wouldn't censor players or owners, but didn't back Morey, really, or even mention him by name.

And… I think he sort of had to do that? I know a lot of us would have wanted Silver to take a stand and back Morey fully, but in doing so, he would be going against the very job he's paid to do. Maybe this should have been a line-in-the-sand moment, but I hope we can at least empathize with how hard a decision Silver had to make here.

He could have just tossed Morey to the wolves, much like Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta did.

Silver didn't. He backed him up, as well as he possibly could, while still not, you know, dooming his league's future in the largest country on Earth.

I don't know if Silver did the right thing. What I do know is that I'm glad I didn't have to make that decision.

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NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

  NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech TOKYO — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster cancelled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and NBA champion Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are "apologetic" that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Morey's tweet and comments that followed — but insisted that Morey has the right to freedom o

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver voiced his apologies to China over a now deleted tweet, but said that the NBA would stand by its principles. It comes after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for the anti-government protestors in Hong Kong.

It comes after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong Chinese state-run television network CCTV said it was suspending the current broadcast arrangements for the NBA 's preseason games in China .

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NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai .
The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. The teams were practicing in Shanghai on Wednesday, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were called off as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong."Given the fluidity of the situation, today's media availability has been postponed," the league said.

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