American Sports' Battle for China

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    References:
    [1] data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=CN
    [2] www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/china-tourism-and-hotel-industry; www.ibisworld.com/china/industry-trends/fastest-growing-industries/
    [3] mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/china_series/y2008/index.jsp
    [4] www.sportbusiness.com/news/mlb-signs-agreement-to-help-revamp-chinese-professional-baseball/
    [5] www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201907/11/WS5d26e8f7a3105895c2e7cf57.html
    [6] www.weibo.com/u/2476404931?is_hot=1
    [7] supchina.com/2018/09/22/nhl-china-games-2018-the-good-the-bad-and-the-could-be-better/; www.nhl.com/news/nhl-hopes-to-announce-more-preseason-games-in-china/c-308539962
    [8] www.nbcsports.com/washington/capitals/alex-ovechkin-enjoys-sights-and-tastes-nhl-ambassador-china
    [9] www.weibo.com/nhlofficial?refer_flag=1005055013_&is_hot=1
    [10] theathletic.com/885412/2019/03/25/beijing-bound-possibility-of-49ers-hosting-2020-game-in-china-to-be-discussed-by-nfl-owners/
    [11] edition.cnn.com/2019/04/02/sport/new-england-patriots-china-social-media-spt-intl/index.html
    [12] edition.cnn.com/2019/04/02/sport/new-england-patriots-china-social-media-spt-intl/index.html
    [13] www.cnbc.com/2018/11/20/the-nba-is-chinas-most-popular-sports-league-heres-how-it-happened.html
    [14] eu.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2019/10/09/nba-china-hong-kong-whats-at-stake/3912447002/
    [15] apnews.com/0a660e9e10664e31bf6ee359c22058cf

Comments • 80

  • Athala Parlambang
    Athala Parlambang 9 hours ago

    You should add soccer

  • Jeff Lo
    Jeff Lo 10 hours ago

    Sports is an unscripted Entertainment experience....every serbian betting shop owner in Germany starts coughing

  • Athala Parlambang
    Athala Parlambang 3 days ago

    10:31 good, and it should stay. Hey nba and nfl players, good that you care about what’s happening, but isn’t sports a hub to go together where no matter which race,religion, and political belief you have?. Don’t make it political, be a proud citizen, I know Vietnam war and so on, but do you think the soldiers wanted it? Why don’t you guys boycott Russia aswell for invading Afghanistan which is equivalent to the War in Vietnam?, have you seen any Russian soccer players or Ovechkin bowing down for police cruelty or Putins cruelty for what they’ve country has done? I know it’s bad, but you can just pray for them, people feel disrespected, nfl has lost fans because you guys, those are Veterans fighting for the freedom of your country.

  • Avron Fernandes
    Avron Fernandes 11 days ago

    Stand with Hong Kong

  • A Shurima
    A Shurima 16 days ago

    people in China liked NBA cause it's a pure sports league and hated it cause it's turning to be **political**. Image NBA be a foreign league from, say, Russia and one day it's promoting independence for Texas or Hawaii.

  • Mopmipmup
    Mopmipmup 23 days ago +1

    fact: baseball is the most boring sport ever

  • Just Another Youtuber
    Just Another Youtuber 24 days ago

    It's simple, Average income of an American citizen is much higher than Chinese citizen so nobody got time for that shit...

  • Tian Quxi
    Tian Quxi 25 days ago

    Western ≠ World

  • Yiran
    Yiran Month ago

    SPort is a product .As a seller, you can not expect the purchase and turn around judging your customer and expect them not be angry. While sport stars making political comments is ok in the states, the criticizing on that comment from China is considered politically right in China. Tencent has to cancel some of the shows not just because the political situation,it is also because the advertisers at the time don't want to be associated with sport.
    Also, a world where everyone listen to the same type of music and watch the same movie sounds scary and boring.

  • 緣系音樂音系永恆

    In the term of Hong Kong, I think it’s too subjective to criticised China about that. Because I think the principal for every country in the world is that the National sovereignty is sacred and unbreakable. When those people who criticised China, I think we need to see that Catalonia, a region in Spain, want free and independence, and the local congress actually passed that, but what did Spanish government do about it? I think you guys all know it. But all the western media haven’t accused anything about the Spanish authority. As a same, in China, their government is doing the same, to keep the country together. on the other hand The Spanish government cancelled the autonomous region of Catalonia, and China didn‘t, China actually try the softest to deal with it. But she get accusations from everywhere.

  • 林彻延
    林彻延 Month ago

    I don’t know American sports related to politics 🤣
    I felt the world is the same

  • Jose Arturo Diroche pozo

    cultural revolution killed baseball in china, it would have been like taiwan in baseball.

  • Scott Malkinson
    Scott Malkinson Month ago

    I feel upset because there are no NBA TV Broadcasts in China right now

  • Carl Estepa
    Carl Estepa Month ago

    Why not introduce 3 other leagues beside nba to the philippines? So kids can't do drugs

  • Kevin Bennett
    Kevin Bennett Month ago

    You should do a video about the rise of the MLS.

  • BonBonAdios MiaEVERGLOW

    Lets see a video about Chinese sports academies and how kids are trained from birth on a path straight to the Olympics to gather glory for the nation.

  • BonBonAdios MiaEVERGLOW

    As other commenters have noted he completely ignored the most attractive aspect about basketball is that it is very easy to pick up and play, because the only equipment necessary is a ball and a hoop.

  • Paul Vance
    Paul Vance Month ago

    Can you make a video on why you have two different channels? Thx bro, need an explanation, been keeping me up at night.

  • mikhael Theofilus
    mikhael Theofilus Month ago

    Yao Ming
    or

    Yao Meme

  • aimASSIST2000
    aimASSIST2000 Month ago

    And then Dan Gilbert had freedom of speech and lebron said there are ramifications

  • Stephen Pirsch
    Stephen Pirsch Month ago

    To Wendover Productions: Please decide what is important. Is it quality content and the satisfaction of your viewers, and thereby making money from the increased viewership? Or....is it making extra money from extra advertising? - in your case, "Brilliance" (this and some other trash is about 10% of your content). I am canceling my subscription, and giving a thumbs down. Maybe you should call this Bendover, instead of Wendover, as you are really sticking to your viewers. Oh...and the way your voice greatly lengthens certain random words, is very annoying, and you seem to be the absolute King of the run - on sentence. I guess you think being smart is making sentences into paragraphs.

  • MsJeffreyF
    MsJeffreyF Month ago +1

    Don't worry, eventually all the entertainment we consume will be made primarily for the largest market (China), so you guys won't have to worry about censorship.

  • Jim Lawton
    Jim Lawton Month ago

    Love the reused B-Roll footage at 10:35! ;)

  • Duc Huynh
    Duc Huynh Month ago

    In Asian culture, you should not bash the one helping you make money. It is consider as double face and Asian people really hate and look down that behaviour

  • Aditya Barve
    Aditya Barve Month ago

    A video on E=Sports please

  • Alex
    Alex Month ago

    More like for the west or for china. Screw them if they pander to authoritarian regimes for money.

  • Matthew Shortle
    Matthew Shortle Month ago

    RIP David Stern

  • Mr. M
    Mr. M Month ago

    Actually the most popular sport league in the world is the Braclays english premire

  • Ktupea1
    Ktupea1 Month ago

    The corona virus is leading by a lot actually.

  • Henri Ludwig Gustavo Lopes

    China is just as much of a whining kid as the US was during the 50's up to the 20's

  • That one
    That one Month ago

    The whole china thing is interesting

  • That one
    That one Month ago

    "Sports are an uncensored" go ask turkey 🇹🇷 and old man erdogan

  • test
    test Month ago

    china is bipolar and politicizes everything.
    not a stable foundation for doing business there.

  • Liam Rider
    Liam Rider 2 months ago

    Do a video on what happens when a zoo closes down

  • hummerskickass
    hummerskickass 2 months ago +1

    Your rights end where the Chinese communist party’s geopolitical objectives begin. Most people have no idea how dangerous the CCP is to there freedoms. Dangling access to a market of 1.3 billion people over the large company’s. And all they have to do to access it is tow the communist parties line, censor freedom of speech, and attack anyone who speaks out against their totalitarian regime.

    But alas, more people are concerned about who’s going to be the next bachelor then the erosion of there rights and freedoms.

  • Philipp J
    Philipp J 2 months ago

    Next Video: The Logistics of how Charles Ghosn was able to escape Japan

  • Mr Eyeball
    Mr Eyeball 2 months ago

    Anyone else like to listen to his videos while doing homework

  • James B
    James B 2 months ago

    The comment about China being unable to censor unflattering aspects of sports, has never watched a game on TenCent. There, an ROC flag T-shirt a fan was wearing was edited out. A fan was recently told that their hat that said "Taiwan" and the ROC flag would not be allowed into the arena. Fun times. I am all but convinced that executives would whore out their daughters to gain access to the Chinese market, if their government demand it.

  • Eugor
    Eugor 2 months ago

    9:05 This is false... way more content and ease of access today, very hard to find people watching same shows or sports besides major events.

  • Roberto Reyes
    Roberto Reyes 2 months ago

    If hacking or copying were sports, they would be number 1.

  • No Name
    No Name 2 months ago +2

    RIP Kobe

  • oliver
    oliver 2 months ago

    Why the process of making a vaccine for diseases takes so long?

  • Scott Daley
    Scott Daley 2 months ago

    Still love the content, but your inflection, cadence, and intonation has changed recently and become a little irritating. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Logan Duncan
    Logan Duncan 2 months ago

    Are you the half as interesting guy?

  • jama warsame
    jama warsame 2 months ago

    china has stopped free speech in the west easily.

  • lost and lanky
    lost and lanky 2 months ago

    European football leagues are fighting for China too! Battle of Premier League vs La Liga - but we all know which division is the best in the world....

  • Fyx5010
    Fyx5010 2 months ago

    WENDOVER, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. LOGISTICS OF THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE

  • Marco Polo
    Marco Polo 2 months ago

    Why did you delete the greece geography problem video.?

  • Jonny 6631
    Jonny 6631 2 months ago

    Wendover captain joe just stole one of your videos word for word you should really go check it out.

  • JessiePinkman
    JessiePinkman 2 months ago

    I haven't seen your vids in my subs for like 6 months

  • Febre Gundam
    Febre Gundam 2 months ago

    It doesn't help that baseball is probably one of the worst sports to watch ever.

  • Stijn H
    Stijn H 2 months ago +1

    Football (soccer for you Americans) and basketball are by far the most popular foreign sports in China. Go to an average Chinese university and you'll see somewhere around 4 football fields and 20 basketball courts. All you need is a flat surface, 2 goals or nets and a ball to play. Also you can play it on street level, no goals or nets, just practicing with some friends. This is simply not possible with American football, ice hockey or baseball. People generally watch a sport if they grew up with an interest in it. That interest normally comes from having played that sport as a kid. It'll be hard to find a boy in Europe, Latin America or Africa that didn't grow up playing football (again, soccer...) with his friends after school.

  • Shadow Heart
    Shadow Heart 2 months ago

    Two American sports are bigger than the premier league? Damn.

  • Phi Yen Nguyen
    Phi Yen Nguyen 2 months ago

    Hey, this is unrelated to your video but since you have done a video about epidemics in the past, it would be awesome to compare the current Wuhan coronavirus in China with that of SARS in terms of international spread, logistics of quarantining ground zero, etc. Now would be perfect time to trace the development of the epidemic and when it is all over, you can do a retrospective comparison with SARS.

  • Chandresh Tiwari
    Chandresh Tiwari 2 months ago

    Please make video on economics of youtube

  • Jonttuf17
    Jonttuf17 2 months ago

    Damn there was not even a "and then this dude flew to china and..." Part..

  • LoveStrangeDr
    LoveStrangeDr 2 months ago

    Putting profit before values.

  • Raj Patel
    Raj Patel 2 months ago

    WENDOVER OR BENDOVER....

  • RMAGGR
    RMAGGR 2 months ago

    So how about football in China?

  • Xenemous
    Xenemous 2 months ago +1

    I watched the ad so this guy gets more cash...

  • Okanehira
    Okanehira 2 months ago

    Also makes me laugh seeing these woke NBA players bow to China.

  • Freddie Mercury
    Freddie Mercury 2 months ago

    1:14 This baseball 'player' must be on PCP or similar..

  • Zhidao Leeroybruce
    Zhidao Leeroybruce 2 months ago

    Do more airplanesssssssss

  • Jeff
    Jeff 2 months ago +1

    People watch sports because they want to watch sports. We don't want to waste time on stupid politics.

    • Emily Copeland
      Emily Copeland 2 months ago

      Kind of hypocritical since you got salty over the map

  • Jeff
    Jeff 2 months ago +1

    Please call it mainland China, please. Taiwan is also part of China, although they call it Republic of China, Taiwan province.

  • By the Numbers
    By the Numbers 2 months ago

    In your comment about the fallout about basketball, you made a correct point: the government of China plays hardball. And not just with the NBA or sports. In all of their business relations.

  • Kent Berame
    Kent Berame 2 months ago

    does anyone know if Wendover is American or Canadian, maybe even Australian? Just curious

    • Braze IAR
      Braze IAR 2 months ago

      American. His examples are usually the US or UK.

  • Takdir Muliono
    Takdir Muliono 2 months ago

    china airplanes

  • Witte Verheul
    Witte Verheul 2 months ago

    It is true that the Amarican sport leagues are on itself the biggest But when you look at soccer as a whole in europe,( Because Europe and America have a similar number of residences) the picture shifts.
    Soccer is much much bigger than all the other sports and has a much larger revenue.

    • Braze IAR
      Braze IAR 2 months ago

      @Karl Tanner of Gin Alley I always saw NBA, baseball and American football as being similar size.

    • Karl Tanner of Gin Alley
      Karl Tanner of Gin Alley 2 months ago

      Nobody said it wasn’t…

  • pako pepe fdez
    pako pepe fdez 2 months ago +1

    It is an internal "struggle" between the capitalist need of markets and their own propaganda for the working class (all we) against what they call the "enemy." Like when the US air force stole titanium from the USSR for the Blackbird to spy the USSR, something well known from Karl Marx or earlier.

  • Aergga
    Aergga 2 months ago +1

    It would be nice if you said which sports these organisations play, for people like me who don't know much about American sports.

    • Braze IAR
      Braze IAR 2 months ago

      I have never watched American sports but Kansas or Dallas teams are probably not in the UK. Either that or they have a very long commute.

    • Karl Tanner of Gin Alley
      Karl Tanner of Gin Alley 2 months ago

      Ummm it’s right on the logos…

  • Ion Ymous
    Ion Ymous 2 months ago

    7:34 Ming retires. "at this time anyone would have assumed this would have been the end of the NBA's rise in China" Really? As if they watched and played for one guy?

    • Ross Finlayson
      Ross Finlayson 2 months ago

      Also, I wonder if the commentator understood that his family name is "Yao", not "Ming"?

    • Karl Tanner of Gin Alley
      Karl Tanner of Gin Alley 2 months ago

      Yes that is common for Asian countries

  • Cassanda Wang
    Cassanda Wang 2 months ago +1

    Dat moment when you don't have any decent sports on your own and have to rely on foreign sports.
    Also the Chinese brought the mess upon themselves with their HK attitude.

    • Cassanda Wang
      Cassanda Wang 2 months ago

      If they prefer getting back to being a colony, it tells mighty damn alot about mainland China. The only one who's delusional is the communist party.

    • Juice Addiction
      Juice Addiction 2 months ago

      Hk is delusional. Like they actually want colonialism back

  • Eviation
    Eviation 2 months ago

    suggestion for a video:

    the eurotunnel and how it connects europe

  • SwarleySwablu
    SwarleySwablu 2 months ago +2

    "be a sports league for the US or for the world"
    Shouldn't that be "sport league for the world or China?" Since China is the one country that has the problem with "political sensitivity" and them censoring or banning things they don't like. Like you said, China has their own thing while the world's entertainment are becoming ubiquitous and as one global entertainment.

  • survivaltest 370
    survivaltest 370 2 months ago

    I'm disappointed that there were no planes at all! Not even in the sponsor clip!

  • biscoito1r
    biscoito1r 2 months ago

    His an airplane topic we're yet to hear you talk about. The logistics of airline luggage. Like how airlines came up with the maximum of 70 pounds luggage and settled on the 50 pounds. Why passengers are allowed to check in 2 pieces to some places but only one to others. And why they impose embargo on the number of luggage during certain times of the year for certain destinations.

  • Slavic Science
    Slavic Science 2 months ago +1

    There goes your social credit

  • Thinkseeds
    Thinkseeds 2 months ago +1

    Wendover is awesome ❤️ he inspired me to make my own channel!

  • Edin Selimović
    Edin Selimović 2 months ago

    I never can understand people criticizing those they financialy depend on. Those are stupid people.