NBA returning to Chinese state television after 1-year ban

Posted at 1:09 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 13:10:05-04

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA is returning to Chinese state television after a one-year absence. CCTV announced Friday that it would air Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat — the first time that the league would appear on the network since the rift that started when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. State television made an on-air announcement that the game would be broadcast; the network’s web site had a preview of the game, including a photo of the Lakers’ LeBron James and Miami’s Jimmy Butler.