Good stuff from CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell talking about the financial impact of Jeremy Lin (from NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk show).
Two interesting points by Rovell, expanding on what we covered here at PBT previously. One is the impact of Lin on the ongoing MSG Network/Time Warner cable battle. In a fee dispute, Time Warner has stopped carrying MSG Network — meaning Knicks games — in New York. And Time Warner covers much of New York City. So people can’t watch Linsanity if it isn’t a nationally televised game. Lin is a game changer there.
Rovell’s other point I had not seen discussed elsewhere: Lin is of Taiwanese descent, and that island has a rocky relationship with China. Combine that with his being American born and it’s fair to question how much the Chinese people will embrace him — and how much the government there will allow it. This is a very different situation than Yao Ming.