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China Calls a Foul, and the NBA Jumps

Tolga Ozyurtcu
Board of Contributors
Oct 17, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
This photo shows a protester in Hong Kong waving a banner of support for NBA team executive Daryl Morey.

A Hong Kong protester waves a banner supporting NBA team executive Daryl Morey, whose tweet supporting the protest movement drew an immediate rebuke from China, imperiling the league's lucrative business in the country.

(PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

A groundbreaking game four decades ago in Beijing gave the NBA a toehold in basketball-crazy China. Over the intervening years, the league has tapped a gold mine in the country worth billions of dollars in TV rights and endorsements. The importance to the NBA of maintaining its Chinese operations became...

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