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Volume 27 No. 4
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NBA China CEO Derek Chang Stepping Down Next Month

NBA China is "looking for a new CEO after the league announced Thursday that Derek Chang is leaving May 15." Chang took the position in June '18. While Chang was in charge, the league "opened the largest NBA Store outside of North America in Beijing" and expanded some "deals with Chinese media partners." However, Chang's tenure was "marked by two difficult periods." One came last fall when the league and Chinese government "clashed in response to a tweet" by Rockets GM Daryl Morey "backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong." There has also been the "ongoing fallout and response to the coronavirus pandemic." Chang "plans to return to his family in London" (AP, 4/16).