The TV ratings of National Basketball Association games are down by 15% compared to last year.
Some folks ascribe this to fewer folks subscribing to television generally. Others blame it on geography:
Many of the league’s best teams are on the West Coast, meaning their games end after some viewers in the East have already gone to bed.
Yet others assign at least some of the blame to injuries, especially to marque players.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver blames in on a “broken” pay-TV system.
All of those would seem to be factors in the public’s decreasing interest in the doings of the NBA.
I have to wonder, though, how much of the drop is due to dismay over the NBA’s despicable behavior toward the Houston Rockets’ GM tweeting in support of Hong Kong protestors and to contempt for the league’s disgracefully obsequious kowtowing, from Silver, through team management, on down to players on the floor, to the People’s Republic of China government.