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NBA playoffs 2019: Enes Kanter’s Trail Blazers remain blacked out on Turkish TV

  • Basketball is second only to soccer in popularity among Turkey’s 82 million people, but the nation’s top NBA broadcaster is blocking Kanter.
  • The Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Blazers won’t be carried by Turkey’s main NBA broadcaster to prevent Enes Kanter from being seen on TV screens in a country where the government considers the Portland big man a traitor, Reuters reported .
  • S Sport and two NBA commentators confirmed that the channel would continue to keep Kanter, an outspoken critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, off TV in his homeland.
  • ” 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.

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