Tencent cuts off Rockets from NBA streaming schedule
With the new season now officially in full swing, the NBA’s all-out spat with China still appears to be a lingering issue, and it certainly does not look like a resolution will be reached anytime soon. In a recent article published by Channel News Asia, the popular website detailed how China-based internet company Tencent opted not to air Thursday night’s matchup between the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chinese internet giant Tencent has struck Houston Rockets games from its programming schedule for the current NBA season, following through on a threat it made after a team executive angered Beijing by supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The Rockets’ 117-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday (Oct 24) night was the only matchup not listed on Tencent’s streaming page, which allows people to rewatch the games.
The one misplaced tweet published — and quickly deleted thereafter — by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey continues to take its effect not only on Houston but as it turns out, on the entire NBA as well. Both parties are reportedly looking at some major losses due to this problem and based on this recent development, this possibility is now looking more like a reality as the days go by.
As it turns out, this recent unprecedented move by Tencent was not taken well by some of the subscribers of the internet streaming website.
Some fans on the popular Weibo social media platform complained about the snub, drawing attacks from other users who questioned their patriotism.
It was the Bucks who emerged victorious in this contest, with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo kicking things off with a highly-impressive 30-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, as he led his side to an opening night victory against the Rockets, 117-111.