China’s CCTV announced it plans to televise Game 5 of the NBA Finals live, the first NBA game on broadcast television there in more than a year. The state-run network, which started carrying NBA games in the early 1990s, pulled all such games from its programming in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, 2019.
In its statement, CCTV cited the NBA’s assistance with fighting COVID-19 in the country as a reason for restoring broadcasts. The league donated more than $1 million and medical equipment to China earlier this year. The league and some players have expressed support for China during the past year.
“During the recent Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, the NBA sent their well wishes to fans in China,” CCTV said in a statement. “We also took note of the league has been continuously delivering goodwill [to China], particularly making positive contributions to Chinese people’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.”
Salman Ali: The Houston Rockets have rescheduled their voter registration drive at Toyota Center for Friday, Sept. 25 due to Tropical Storm Beta. Anyone who is eligible to vote may register regardless of which county they reside in.
The Houston Rockets have announced that they will conduct a voter registration drive at two locations on Tuesday, Sept. 22 as part of National Voter Registration Day. The nonpartisan event will give people who are eligible the opportunity to register to vote in the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3.
The Brooklyn Nets have the most racially diverse fan base in the four major team sports, closely followed by the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. NBA teams account for the 18 most diverse fan bases in the four major sports.
Marc Stein: The latest word as Game 1 nears is that Lakers vs. Rockets — normally as big as it gets in China for the NBA — will not be broadcast tonight via the country’s official national broadcaster (CCTV) or Tencent. Rockets games, of course, have been banned from Chinese TV all season