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NBA IN TROUBLE: Play-Off Ratings DOWN 23% Compared to 2019, Lowest Watched in 5 Years

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.31.20

Ratings for the NBA’s post-season play-offs are down compared to 2019, with 23% of viewers tuning-out as athletes continue to protest the National Anthem and delayed games to promote “social justice” in America.

“Ratings for broadcasts of NBA games remained shaky over the weekend, per Sports Media Watch, continuing a season-long trend of the league struggling to attract television viewers,” reports Sports Illustrated.

“The Lakers’ win ranks as ABC’s least-watched playoff opener in five years (2015 Pelicans-Warriors: 3.49M), with the caveat that this year marked the first time since 2004 that it did not air a game on the opening day of the postseason,” Sports Media Watch reported.

Read the full report here.

NBA Backs BEIJING? Pro-Hong Kong Signs Confiscated from Fans… in Washington, DC

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.10.19

Protesters had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated during an exhibition basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Guangzhou Loong Lions Wednesday; raising new concerns regarding the NBA and their association with the Chinese communist regime.

“Just had our ‘Free Hong Kong’ sign confiscated at Capitol One Arena at the Wizards game against the Guangzhou Loong Lions,” posted one demonstrator on social media.


https://twitter.com/JonSchweppe/status/1182070459355009027?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1182070459355009027&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2019%2F10%2F09%2Factivists-have-their-free-hong-kong-sign-confiscated-during-national-anthem-at-wizards-game%2F

The news comes hours after ESPN circulated an internal memo warning all reporters to avoid discussing the ongoing protests sweeping Hong Kong.

“Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves,” reports Deadspin.

The controversy began when the General Manager of the Houston Rockets posted -then deleted- a pro-democracy tweet in support of Hong Kong demonstrators.

The Chinese government immediately canceled a series of NBA broadcasts; calling the comments a threat to their “sovereignty.”

“Any summary of the tensions between China and Hong Kong is going to be necessarily reductive, but a summary of what’s actually going on at least provides basic context for the rest of the discussion. The idea that Chinese politics are simply too complex to talk about on sports TV just isn’t convincing,” adds Deadspin.

Read the full story here.

BACKING BEIJING? NBA Coach Complains of ‘US Human Rights Abuses’ When Asked About China

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.11.19

Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, shocked sports fans across the USA this week; complaining of ‘US Human Rights Abuses’ when asked to comment on pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

“No. Nor has our record of human rights abuses come up either,” said Kerr when asked about China’s policy towards Hong Kong. “People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.”

Protesters had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated during an exhibition basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Guangzhou Loong Lions Wednesday; raising new concerns regarding the NBA and their association with the Chinese communist regime.

“Just had our ‘Free Hong Kong’ sign confiscated at Capitol One Arena at the Wizards game against the Guangzhou Loong Lions,” posted one demonstrator on social media.

https://twitter.com/JonSchweppe/status/1182070459355009027?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1182070459355009027&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2019%2F10%2F09%2Factivists-have-their-free-hong-kong-sign-confiscated-during-national-anthem-at-wizards-game%2F

The news comes hours after ESPN circulated an internal memo warning all reporters to avoid discussing the ongoing protests sweeping Hong Kong.

“Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves,” reports Deadspin.

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