NBA Terminated Relationship with Chinese-Based Basketball Academy
There is no working relationship that exists between the NBA and China.
At least, that is what seems to be the case as of now.
Earlier in the week, Sports Illustrated obtained a letter which was sent to NBA commissioner Adam Silver on behave of Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn. The note was regarding her concerns with the league’s ongoing working relationship with China. League office executive Mark Tatum followed up with Blackburn on the letter with an interesting and single sentenced response.
“The NBA has had no involvement with the Xinjiang basketball academy for more than a year, and the relationship has been terminated,” Mark Tatum wrote .
After the Daryl Morey fiasco from just under a year ago, the league has failed to mend relations with the communist country. Furthermore, it seems like the NBA has moved on, prioritizing its own people while standing up for social justice. In fact, this week, it was announced that the league has ended its relationship with a Chinese-based basketball academy located in Xinjiang – a city that has come to be known as one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones.
While the strained relationship was a clear financial blow for the NBA, it appears that the league has moved on despite an estimated loss in the “hundreds of millions”.