NBA Set To Play Preseason Games In Anti-Woke UAE

Perhaps the most important platform through which awake causes can be amplified in sports is the NBA. The NBA recently signed a multiyear agreement that will allow them to schedule preseason matches in countries that are hostile towards progressive agendas.

On Tuesday, the NBA agreed to terms with Abu Dhabi’s DCT (Department of Culture and Tourism) that will allow NBA preseason games to be played in the United Arab Emirates’ second-most populated city for the next several years, starting with games between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks scheduled for Oct. 6 and 8.

While the deal is likely set to earn the NBA millions, it certainly raises the question of how important their company’s values really are.

The NBA, for example has been a champion of LGBTQ rights over the years.

When Georgia passed a bill in March of 2021 that would increase integrity in the voting process in elections, the NBA used their platform to raise awareness for voting rights during the All-Star game in Atlanta that same week.

They also moved the location of the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte, NC when the state passed HB2 into law, restricting people in government buildings to using only the restrooms that correspond with their birth gender. The league said the rule violated the NBA’s core values of “diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others.”

If these issues are near and dear to the NBA’s heart, they should never have scheduled games in the UAE.

The UAE considers it an offense punishable by death to be homosexual, and voter rights are an afterthought. Each emirate has its senators who decide who can and cannot vote. Women can only vote after they have been approved by their guardian.

The NBA It is really cared about any of these issues, the last place it would try to grow their game globally would be the UAE. The NBA, however, has not been an organisation that stands out for its convictions when it comes to big money.

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