Clay: “The NBA is taking Chinese blood money and saying nothing at all about it.”

Total172 ESPN released a very damning article on the NBA’s academies in China, which is quite surprising considering they hadn’t criticized the relationship until Adrian Wojnarowski responded “F U” to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. Clay and the crew weighed in on Outkick this morning and everyone wonders whether or not ESPN will talk about the More

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Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP


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  1. Hey Clay,
    Your logic is inescapable in this whole issue, and for one of the cornerstones of American Sports and Americana itself to degrade and debase itself to the CCP is mind-blowing.
    Even in this age of shameless greed displayed by the titans of tech (and to a lesser degree by the nameless, faceless chairs of the big multi-nationals), what Adam Silver has acceded to and accepted defies logic.
    The NBA had a product — and was a product — that every major TV sports platform vied for because the ROI was worth it. China is an emerging market for the NBA and you would think the leverage would be one-sided for Adam Silver and the Board of Governors.
    When Honda and Toyota started shipping cars to the US in the early 1980s we all had to pay a premium for the vehicles; we had no leverage as buyers because the quality was paramount.
    If the CCP wanted the NBA’s product, and all the ancillary benefits that went with it, then how was it the CCP was allowed to dictate the terms? The money is astronomical, of course, but aside from the actual rights to cover and produce the NBA in China, everything else should not be in the conversation. So you make the CCP wait a year or two if they demand too much. Apparently nothing is a bridge too far for to satisfy the NBA greedlust. Just sayin.

  2. Don’t worry, the Jazz and Pelicans kneeled today but the ever gracious Silver waived the NBA rule. The lame choreographed nature of this is astounding. Protest requires sacrifice – this is PR.

    The NBA could use its cultural impact in China to make a difference, but an extra couple million on a max contract is worth the price of Uyghur lives.

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