Tags: Politics and Government

China’s N.B.A. Fans Feel the Tug of Loyalty Toward Beijing

SHANGHAI — The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets tipped off on Thursday night in Shanghai in, undoubtedly, the most geopolitically important exhibition game in N.B.A. history. Yezi Zhang, a college student, was there, too, and her emotions were decidedly mixed. Ms. Zhang, a 24-year-old from the city of Hangzhou, was among a few…

N.B.A. Commissioner Commits to Free Speech as Chinese Companies Cut Ties

The N.B.A.’s decades-long push to develop China into its biggest overseas market appeared increasingly in jeopardy on Tuesday as the league’s commissioner stood firm in the face of criticism from Beijing and the Chinese threatened financial repercussions. The threats began when China’s state-run television announced it would not broadcast two N.B.A. preseason games this week…

California Lawmakers Vote to Undo N.C.A.A. Amateurism

SACRAMENTO — There were two guests of honor at the monthly meeting of the Oakland Rotary club in November 2015: the University of California marching band and a sports economics expert railing about the N.C.A.A.’s rules barring college athletes from collecting compensation for their play. While the band riled up the crowd in the small…