NBA Commissioner On Chummy Ties To China: ‘We Have To Build Relationships’

NBA Commissioner On Chummy Ties To China: ‘We Have To Build Relationships’


Speaking with TIME magazine, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver excused the league’s chummy relationship with the government of Communist China, saying, “We think exporting NBA basketball to China and to virtually every country in the world continues to fit within our mission,” adding, “I do think that in order to bring about realistic change, we have to build relationships.”

TIME asked Silver, “What’s the state of the NBA’s relationship with China?”

We continue to televise our games in China,” Silver answered. “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. I’ll take a step back there and restate the NBA’s mission, which is to improve people’s lives through the game of basketball.”

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Bobby Burack of Outkick commented, “Silver says it’s the NBA’s ‘mission to improve people’s lives through the game of basketball.’ Really? The NBA is so concerned with improving lives that its

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