On March 12, 2010, not long after Huanqiu Shibao (the Global Times) published this story (translated here on S.V.) which cited his Sina.com microblog as encouraging Chinese Netizens to consider a boycott of Portland TrailBlazers broadcasts, it seems sportscaster Yu Jia reconsidered the wisdom of encouraging a major online campaign against the city of Portland. On his microblog, he posted this message:
Which I translate as:
“Facing the [prospect of] limitations on the [Portland] Trailblazers, there are some people who are clapping in encouragement of going quickly, while other people have sentiments of mercy. This all makes me think of [the demonstrations] eleven years ago when NATO bombed our embassy in Belgrade: ceasing NBA broadcasts is certainly a very different statement than that distant time. It is also as if the achievements now taking place in the National Congresses in Beijing are emerging with a very different voice; so this matter [of protesting NBA broadcasts] is not the most important. The most important thing is that more and more common people are able to openly consider and pay attention to the current situation of society, putting forth their views. This is truly to progress from 0 to 1, and advance from nothing to something.
Portland’s Brandon Roy solved the problem of Blazers coverage in China in part by being named Western Conference Player of the Week, which he was feted for in the Chinese sports press as well. The NBA BBS in China is also situation normal. So it appears that the case is closed, at least until the next March 10, if not before…