China Ends Year-Long NBA TV Boycott to Air Finals Game 5 on Friday

NBA games have been off Chinese state television ever since Daryl Morey’s support of Hong Kong protesters

China’s CCTV has ended its year-long boycott of the NBA, announcing that it will carry tonight’s NBA Finals game.

Chinese state television had effectively banned the league from its airwaves (though some games were still available on the Chinese streaming service Tencet) as a repercussion for the league refusing to punish Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over his tweeting of support of Hong Kong protestors last fall.

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Tim Baysinger

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