National Basketball Association fans in China seek refund from Tencent as streaming suspended

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"We're strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver's claim to support Morey's right to freedom of expression", the statement read. It's not just the perception of, oh, maybe there are potential customers that we can't offend if we take this or that social or political stance that is maybe dividing America.

The Rockets have always been one of the most popular NBA teams in China - mainly because Chinese basketball star Yao Ming played for them from 2002-2011.

"I don't think I can continue to watch (NBA) games", said 26-year-old Fu Hao, sweating after playing in an outdoor court. Several Chinese organizations suspended business ties with the team, while tech giant Tencent Holdings, which has exclusive internet streaming rights for National Basketball Association in China, said on Monday it would temporarily stop showing Rockets games.

The couple was then escorted out after yelling "Free Hong Kong" during the second quarter.

China responded by saying it won't televise two preseason games this week in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets on state-run CCTV, and multiple Chinese companies have suspended business relationships with the league. On Tuesday, that was extended to exhibition games between the Lakers and Nets in China this week.

"Basketball fans and the American people more broadly should have absolutely no doubt about what is happening here: The NBA wants money, and the Communist Party of China is asking them to deny the most basic of human rights", Sen.

Earlier this week, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for the demonstrations in Hong Kong.

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While it could have been the Rockets' load to carry, he expressed that Silver's remarks have ensured the "NBA is going to bite the dust as well" in China.

The NBA's dominance in China could prove a firewall against lasting damage, industry figures said.

"And the people in China and in Hong Kong are going to hold the capitalists in the West to account for what they did". Kerr called the situation "bizarre" and admitted he didn't know enough about the situation to comment on it, something that went over the head of FOX Sports Radio host Clay Travis, who called Kerr a "coward" for declining to have a say on the matter.

Before San Antonio's preseason game against the Heat on Tuesday, Popovich offered praise for commissioner Adam Silver for how he's handled the firestorm that followed a tweet from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Wachs later told 6ABC that he had been wearing a shirt and holding signs with messages supporting the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. That angered both sides: The league was criticized by some fans and U.S. politicians for appearing to compromise its principles, and condemned by others in China for offending national sensibilities.

The league intially put out statements that senior United States politicians slammed as bowing to China for financial reasons, while Rockets star guard James Harden apologised. Standing next to All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook, he added, "For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year".

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