NBA Playoffs Disappear from TV in China

From International Herald Tribune:

NBA playoff games have been dropped by CCTV. The network’s sports channel director, Jiang Heping, explains that “Since the May 12 earthquake, we’re careful about the way we broadcast the NBA and the content must match the whole atmosphere.”

NBA playoff games have mysteriously disappeared from Chinese television.

Entertainment programs on Chinese television were suspended last week during a three-day period of mourning for victims of the deadly Sichuan earthquake, including NBA playoff games.

When the mourning period ended, the NBA returned as the state-run national broadcaster CCTV showed the Western Conference final between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. However, subsequent games have not been shown.

Chinese athletes and sports organizations were among some of the first to donate to earthquake victims. On May 14th, Xinhua News reported that track and field athlete, Liu Xiang and his coach donated 500,000 RMB (about 71,000 U.S. dollars). Houston Rockets player Yao Ming initially donated 500,000 RMB and later increased that amount to 2 million. The Milwaukee Bucks forward, Yi Jianlian reportedly donated 100,000 RMB.

Follow this link to see pictures of athletes making contributions at a donation ceremony attended by Chinese national team athletes who are in Beijing to train.

Olympic men’s hurdles champion Liu Xiang (L) and his cocah Sun Haiping attend a donation ceremony attended by all the Chinese national team athletes who are training in Beijing for the Beijing Olympic Games, Wednesday, May 14.
Olympic men’s hurdles champion Liu Xiang (L) and his cocah Sun Haiping attend a donation ceremony attended by all the Chinese national team athletes who are training in Beijing for the Beijing Olympic Games, Wednesday, May 14.
Chinese basketball player Yi Jianlian donates 100,000 Yuan
Chinese basketball player Yi Jianlian donates 100,000 Yuan
China’s national table tennis team donate 980,000 Yuan
China’s national table tennis team donate 980,000 Yuan