NBA commissioner Adam Silver is defending his league.
Sopan Deb of The New York Times:
Adam Silver today on China: "At the end of the day, I think those are decisions are for our government, in terms of where American businesses should operate. I continue to believe that the people to people exchanges we’re seeing by playing in China are positive and it’s helping." pic.twitter.com/OSNzYurmuF
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 22, 2020
Senators have power to affect the United State’s foreign policy, including where American companies are permitted to operate. The NBA shouldn’t face unique scrutiny for acting like a business, seeking to maximize profit, within legal parameters.
Silver is generally right: There is value in exposing American values to countries with authoritarian regimes. Basketball can be a good vehicle for doing so. Those connections can inspire change for the better.