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Virtual Legality Episode 120

A Blizzard of Backlash (Pt. 7): China vows Retribution

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Activision Blizzard isn't the only business trying to navigate the tightrope of US/China relations.

But in Commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA has found a voice that is the strongest advocate for the freedom of speech on these issues that we have yet seen...even when that freedom is used against him. (Thanks, Lebron.)

How has the NBA responded to China since the first days of the "Blizzard of Backlash"?

What could China mean when it promises "retribution"?

And why does the organizational structure of the NBA make it easier for Mr. Silver to take a stand?

Perhaps Blizzard should just announce "Diablo IV: Retribution"...in Virtual Legality.

#Blizzard #China #NBA


Discussed in this episode:

"NBA commissioner Adam Silver will face ‘retribution’ for defaming China, state media says"
South China Morning Post - October 19, 2019 - Catherine Wong
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3033707/nba-commissioner-adam-silver-will-face-retribution-defaming

"What is the NBA?"
Marquette Sports Law Review - Nadelle Grossman (2014)
http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1632&context=sportslaw

"How China Could Inflict 'Retribution' Against Adam Silver, NBA"
Sports Illustrated - October 20, 2019
Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw)
https://www.si.com/nba/2019/10/20/adam-silver-nba-face-retribution-china

"Blizzard postpones event in Taiwan amid Hong Kong protests"
Polygon - October 17, 2019
Nicole Carpenter (@sweetpotatoes)
https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/17/20919539/blizzard-entertainment-world-of-warcraft-event-taiwan-hong-kong-protests


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