China state TV to suspend broadcast of NBA exhibition games

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement

10/8/2019 11:58:00 AM

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement.

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement

Updated 4:56 PM, October 08, 2019SUSPENDED. The Los Angeles Lakers' China exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets will not be broadcasted by CCTV. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/ AFP)SHANGHAI, China – China's state-run broadcaster said on Tuesday, October 8, it would"immediately suspend" plans to broadcast a pair of NBA pre-season exhibition games being staged in China this week as the fallout grew over an NBA's executive's tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong.

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"We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech," China Central Television (CCTV) said on its social media account."To this end, CCTV's Sports Channel has decided to immediately suspend plans to broadcast the NBA preseason (China Games) and will immediately investigate all cooperation and communication involving the NBA."

The US basketball league is facing a mounting backlash in China over a tweet last week byHouston Rockets' general manager Daryl Moreyexpressing support for protesters in semi-autonomous Hong Kong who have staged increasingly violent demonstrations to demand more freedoms.

The announcement made clear CCTV was referring to two annual NBA exhibition games in China, which this year pit the Los Angeles Lakers against the Brooklyn Nets. (READ: NBA, Nets cancel Shanghai media event)They are set to play in Shanghai on Thursday, October 10, and in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Saturday, October 12.

CCTV made no mention of games in the upcoming regular season, nor did it give any further details on its plans to review all ties with the NBA.The move by CCTV is the latest indication that the NBA may suffer significant damage in the hugely important Chinese market.

CCTV and Tencent Holdings – which streams NBA games in China – had already said they would halt plans to broadcast Rockets games, while major Chinese sponsors have also cut ties.Nets players, executives and NBA officials were to appear at a publicity event at a Shanghai primary school on Tuesday afternoon, October 8, but the league abruptly cancelled it just 2 hours before it was to start, giving no explanation.

NBA representatives did not immediately respond to AFP queries about whether the Lakers-Nets contests would be canceled.The NBA has called Morey's tweet"regrettable" but commissioner Adam Silver on Monday insisted that the league supported his right to express his opinions. (

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