The Chinese government is continuing to deter NBA teams from carrying their teams’ logos or having team mascots in front of large crowds in the nation for fear of religious and national security concerns, according to Yahoo Sports.
China’s government is especially strict on basketball teams at home and overseas. It forbids the world’s tallest basketball player, Yao Ming, from playing overseas.
On top of that, China hasn’t yet approved the Chinese national basketball team playing in the Olympics.
Adding to the problems is that many countries in the world’s largest basketball fandom don’t let teams carry their logos or have team mascots. The marketing restrictions on NBA teams aren’t exactly going to resonate with fans in many countries, but the Chinese government has apparently made it harder to attract international crowds — especially when bigger markets like the United States, France and Germany are promoting these practices.
With religious issues, well, China has introduced new regulations in 2016 that barred any team logo from being seen in public.
Not so much, though, for the Irish national soccer team, which has played in all-gold kits adorned with red stripes.
Whether or not those uniform restrictions apply remains unclear, but a number of sports in China are known to have patriotic themes. America’s second-largest sporting apparel retailer recently opened an outlet in Shanghai, which coincidentally is the headquarters of Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online retailer.
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