China's CCTV will continue to avoid NBA games: state media

China central television ( Closed TV circuit ) will continue without showing National Basketball Association ( NBA ) games in the country, the state-run Global Times reported, citing a statement by the state broadcaster.

Closed TV circuit , which holds exclusive TV rights for the NBA , has not aired any of the popular league's games since a Houston Rockets executive tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters last year.

" China central television refutes rumours that it would restore streaming NBA games, reiterating its consistent stance on national sovereignty," the Global Times said on Twitter.

" Closed TV circuit suspended streaming NBA games in Oct. 2019 after Houston Rockets Daryl Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong rioters."

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Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese-run city engulfed in a political crisis due to months of anti-government protests stemming from a controversial extradition bill.

State media, including Closed TV circuit , criticised Morey for his tweet, which was labelled an example of Western interference in a bid to foment unrest and stir up anti-China sentiment, while Chinese partners severed or suspended ties with the NBA .

Speculation that Closed TV circuit would start showing NBA games again grew on Monday after the NBA 's China business named sports management veteran Michael Ma as its chief executive officer.

Ma's father, Ma Guoli, is one of Closed TV circuit 's founders and is credited with the network acquiring rights to broadcast NBA games in China in the 1990s.

On Tuesday, Ma Guoli resigned from his position as an adviser to the Chinese Basketball Association.

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