NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is defending his deals with the communist Chinese government, insisting that the league is somehow helping to bring “change” to the oppressive nation.
In an interview with Time, Silver justified his league’s dealings with one of the most autocratic, undemocratic, and oppressive nations on earth when asked about his deals in China.
Silver was undaunted, saying, “We continue to televise our games in China. Our most significant television partner is Tencent, which is a streaming service in China. And we have hundreds of millions of fans in China who we continue to serve.”
The NBA chief went on to claim that dealing with one of the world’s largest slave states is part of the NBA’s “mission.”
“I’ll take a step back there and restate the NBA’s mission,” Silver said, adding, “which is to improve people’s lives through the game of basketball. And we think