Feb 15, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT
Good stuff from CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell talking about the financial impact of Jeremy Lin (from NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk show).
Two interesting points by Rovell, expanding on what we covered here at PBT previously. One is the impact of Lin on the ongoing MSG Network/Time Warner cable battle. In a fee dispute, Time Warner has stopped carrying MSG Network — meaning Knicks games — in New York. And Time Warner covers much of New York City. So people can’t watch Linsanity if it isn’t a nationally televised game. Lin is a game changer there.
Rovell’s other point I had not seen discussed elsewhere: Lin is of Taiwanese descent, and that island has a rocky relationship with China. Combine that with his being American born and it’s fair to question how much the Chinese people will embrace him — and how much the government there will allow it. This is a very different situation than Yao Ming.
- Kendrick Perkins says you’re blowing the LeBron James/Kevin Love thing way out of proportion 4
- Mark Cuban rips officials, NBA: ‘It’s criminal’ how Monta Ellis doesn’t get calls 21
- Shaquille O’Neal says he regrets leaving Magic for Lakers 41
- Cavaliers coach David Blatt: ‘LeBron James is our MVP’ 22
- No Durant, what does that mean for Thunder in these playoffs? Trouble. 15
- Kevin Durant to have third foot surgery; is done for season, playoffs 39
- Goran Dragic leading feisty Heat’s playoff push 29
- NBA Draft prospect matchups to watch in NCAA Tourament this weekend 2