During the recent NBA season, messages of “social justice” and “racial equality” abounded, mainly driven by the far-left organization Black Lives Matter (BLM). Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, announced this week that all such messages in the upcoming season “will be off the court.”
According to Fox News, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made an appearance at the NBA Countdown earlier this week to talk about the political messages of social justice that different teams put on their basketball courts and some players’ jerseys.
According to Silver, the vast majority of those messages, loaded with political content and leftist ideology will remain outside the courts. He said the league is fully committed to upholding social justice and racial equality. Still, he understands those who are not interested in such messages and want to watch a basketball game.
The dramatic drop in viewers who watched NBA games this season compared to previous seasons surely has to do with the politicization the league has suffered in recent months. Many teams have overwhelmed their stadiums and even players’ shirts with messages of BLM, social justice, and racial equality.
According to Fox News, Friday’s second game in the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat was watched by 6.07 million viewers, almost 1.5 million fewer than the second game of last year’s finals.
The third game’s ratings dropped again to 5.94 million viewers, marking the lowest watched NBA finals game in history.
Those who positioned themselves against the stance the NBA took this season focused their criticism on the fact that, in addition to mixing politics with sports, they focused on social justice and discrimination from a position loaded with leftist ideologies. Ideologies that go much deeper than the claims that are manifested on the surface. Moreover, a huge sector that usually follows basketball and the NBA league thinks antagonistically or is not interested in participating in these discussions.
Senator Ted Cruz was one of those, who from the beginning, showed his discomfort with the messages the NBA was transmitting and was recently involved in a strong crossover via Twitter with Mark Cuban, the owner of Dallas Mavericks.
In one of his responses, Cruz said: “I love @HoustonRockets & have rooted for them my entire life. I happily cheer for the Spurs & Mavericks against any non-TX team. But @mcuban, the NBA is engaged in a concerted effort to (1) insult their fans & (2) turn every game into a left-wing political lecture. That’s dumb.”
I love @HoustonRockets & have rooted for them my entire life. I happily cheer for the Spurs & Mavericks against any non-TX team.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 6, 2020