Adam Silver: NBA exporting Americana to China through basketball
But NBA commissioner Adam Silver is defending his league.
Silver at his press conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals:
This is a nice sentiment. Hopefully, it’s true. It’d be wonderful if the NBA is helping to spread values such as freedom. It’s a common argument in favor of international trade.
It’s also an argument that happens to align with the league’s money-making interests.
In fairness to Silver, the NBA has missed out on projected hundreds of millions of dollars in China after Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters (who were trying to maintain and expand their freedom). China took NBA games off state-run television and did so again after Enes Freedom’s more-recent comments (NBA games were still available via the most popular streaming service in China, Tencent, which is how most younger fans watch games anyway).
As Silver noted, practically every large American company does business in China. The NBA generally shouldn’t be singled out for this wider issue.