Chinese state television nixes opening night NBA games

Kenneth Garger | NEW YORK POST

The NBA’s opening night games on Tuesday were reportedly nixed from Chinese state television amid the ongoing controversy between the league and foreign country.

CCTV has historically televised the league’s opening games. But they pulled all NBA broadcasts in response to the Oct. 4 tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, where the executive expressed support for the Hong Kong protesters, ESPN reported.

Meanwhile, Tencent, the league’s Chinese-based streaming partner, limited its schedule to just one game Tuesday night — the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers.

The league over the summer cut a deal with Tencet, extending streaming rights to the company for five more years at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion, the site said.