Chinese state television did not air the NBA's opening night games, while Tencent reduced its schedule to just the Los Angeles Lakers-Los Angeles Clippers game.

CCTV has customarily shown the NBA's opening night games.

Tencent is a media partner of ESPN and the NBA. The NBA declined comment.

Over the summer, the NBA agreed to a five-year extension to the streaming rights deal with Tencent reportedly worth $1.5 billion.