Turkish broadcaster won’t air NBA’s Western Conference finals over Enes Kanter’s involvement

Turkish broadcaster won’t air NBA’s Western Conference finals over Enes Kanter’s involvement

  • Turkish basketball player Enes Kanter’s Portland Trail Blazers reached the NBA’s Western Conference finals, which start on Tuesday, but for the first time the series will not be widely televised in Turkey, where he is accused of having terrorist links.
  • S Sport, the main TV broadcaster of National Basketball Association games in Turkey, will not show the conference final between the Blazers and defending champion Golden State Warriors, the company and two of its commentators confirmed on Tuesday.
  • An executive at S Sport, which is widely available on Turkish cable, characterized this as an agreement with NBA TV and confirmed it would only broadcast the eastern conference final between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
  • “It is mind-blowing that a conference final will not be broadcast in Turkey,” said Mete Aktas, a well-known Turkish NBA commentator and former chief editor of NBA Turkey magazine.
  • In a tweet he later deleted, another S Sport commentator, Orkun Colakoglu, said on Tuesday the games on NBA TV would not have Turkish commentary, and added he was hurt that he would not be able to present the games.
  • The National Basketball Players Association backed Kanter this month after the league’s official Turkish Twitter account removed his statistics following an earlier win over the Nuggets.
  • In response, the NBA scrapped its contract with the local vendor running the Turkish Twitter account.