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China Central Television (CCTV), China’s state broadcaster, will resume the live streaming of NBA basketball games on March 8, starting with the 2020/21 season’s All-Star Game, a renowned Chinese basketball reporter disclosed on Saturday.
“If there are no surprises, CCTV will resume broadcasting NBA events during the All-Star Weekend in early March, as many fans have been waiting for a long time,” basketball reporter Zhao Huanyu wrote on China’s Twitter-like social media platform Sina Weibo on Saturday, quoting sources.
CCTV-5, the broadcaster’s sports channel, announced in October 2019 that it would suspend airing NBA preseason China games after the then-Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey reposted a message expressing solidarity with the rioters involved in the yearlong social turmoil in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The tweet was deleted by Morey shortly after it drew a backlash from Chinese NBA fans.
In the year since then, NBA live broadcasts have completely disappeared from CCTV-5’s program list. In October 2020, however, during the NBA finals, the last game of the series was broadcast live on CCTV. This live broadcast is the first in over a year since “the Morey incident.”
CCTV has not live broadcast one single NBA game of the 2020/21 season, which kicked off in December 2020.
This period will soon come to an end, according to Zhao, who said the resumption in early March will not be limited to the All-Star weekend games, but will see a full return of the NBA on CCTV. “CCTV will not only