NBA owners have $10 billion invested in China

On the eve of the current NBA playoffs, the league's games returned to state-run TV in China after a nearly three-year ban. 

 It was a quiet return, with nary a word from New York or Beijing trumpeting the apparent end of a bitter conflict.

NBA owners had remained largely silent throughout the ban, even as the league worked behind the scenes to repair a ruptured relationship 

 that had cost hundreds of millions of dollars and laid bare the complexities of doing business with an authoritarian regime.

The owners had reason to stay quiet: In addition to the money their teams derive from the NBA's $5 billion

ESPN examined the investments of 40 principal owners and found that they collectively have more than $10 billion tied up in China -

The owners' myriad ties to the world's second-largest economy leave their businesses vulnerable if they get on the wrong side of the Chinese government or the public there, according to the analysis.

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