China still has no plans to carry NBA games when play resumes

The Nets and Lakers are scheduled to face off in a preseason game in Shenzhen, China.

China’s CCTV does not intend to start carrying NBA games whenever play resumes, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. CCTV is the largest television station in China and operated by the government.

It stopped broadcasting following an early-season tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that  supported anti-communist protesters in Hong Kong. NBA commissioner Adam Silver later came out in support of Morey.

Windhorst pointed out that Michael Ma was named the new CEO of NBA China this week — and his father is considered “the father of CCTV sports.”

But CCTV ended any speculation of coming back together by releasing a statement to reiterate ” its consistent stance on national sovereignty,” as Windhorst relayed.

Along with the coronavirus pandemic, CCTV’s decision not to carry NBA games has had a major negative impact on the league financially.