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American Sports' Battle for China

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緣系音樂音系永恆 (3 hours ago)
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 (7 days ago)
I don’t know American sports related to politics 🤣 I felt the world is the same
Jose Arturo Diroche pozo (8 days ago)
cultural revolution killed baseball in china, it would have been like taiwan in baseball.
Scott Malkinson (8 days ago)
I feel upset because there are no NBA TV Broadcasts in China right now
Carl Estepa (8 days ago)
Why not introduce 3 other leagues beside nba to the philippines? So kids can't do drugs
Kevin Bennett (8 days ago)
You should do a video about the rise of the MLS.
BonBonAdios MiaEVERGLOW (8 days ago)
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 (8 days ago)
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 (9 days 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 (10 days ago)
Yao Ming or Yao Meme
L3_SPAMM (10 days ago)
And then Dan Gilbert had freedom of speech and lebron said there are ramifications
Stephen Pirsch (14 days 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 (14 days ago)
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 (15 days ago)
Love the reused B-Roll footage at 10:35! ;)
Duc Huynh (15 days 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 (17 days ago)
A video on E=Sports please
Alex (17 days ago)
More like for the west or for china. Screw them if they pander to authoritarian regimes for money.
Matthew Shortle (20 days ago)
RIP David Stern
Mr. M (20 days ago)
Actually the most popular sport league in the world is the Braclays english premire
Ktupea1 (21 days ago)
The corona virus is leading by a lot actually.
Henri Ludwig Gustavo Lopes (21 days ago)
China is just as much of a whining kid as the US was during the 50's up to the 20's
That one (22 days ago)
The whole china thing is interesting
That one (22 days ago)
"Sports are an uncensored" go ask turkey 🇹🇷 and old man erdogan
test (22 days ago)
china is bipolar and politicizes everything. not a stable foundation for doing business there.
Liam Rider (24 days ago)
Do a video on what happens when a zoo closes down
hummerskickass (24 days ago)
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 (25 days ago)
Next Video: The Logistics of how Charles Ghosn was able to escape Japan
Mr Eyeball (25 days ago)
Anyone else like to listen to his videos while doing homework
James B (25 days 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 (25 days 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 (25 days ago)
If hacking or copying were sports, they would be number 1.
No Name (26 days ago)
RIP Kobe
oliver (27 days ago)
Why the process of making a vaccine for diseases takes so long?
Scott Daley (27 days ago)
Still love the content, but your inflection, cadence, and intonation has changed recently and become a little irritating. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Logan Duncan (27 days ago)
Are you the half as interesting guy?
jama warsame (28 days ago)
china has stopped free speech in the west easily.
lost and lanky (28 days 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 (28 days ago)
WENDOVER, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. LOGISTICS OF THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE
Marco Polo (29 days ago)
Why did you delete the greece geography problem video.?
Jonny 6631 (29 days ago)
Wendover captain joe just stole one of your videos word for word you should really go check it out.
JessiePinkman (30 days ago)
I haven't seen your vids in my subs for like 6 months
Febre Gundam (30 days ago)
It doesn't help that baseball is probably one of the worst sports to watch ever.
Stijn H (30 days ago)
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 (30 days ago)
Two American sports are bigger than the premier league? Damn.
Phi Yen Nguyen (30 days 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 (30 days ago)
Please make video on economics of youtube
Jonttuf17 (1 month ago)
Damn there was not even a "and then this dude flew to china and..." Part..
LoveStrangeDr (1 month ago)
Putting profit before values.
Raj Patel (1 month ago)
WENDOVER OR BENDOVER....
RMAGGR (1 month ago)
So how about football in China?
Xenemous (1 month ago)
I watched the ad so this guy gets more cash...
Okanehira (1 month ago)
Also makes me laugh seeing these woke NBA players bow to China.
Alexey Souvorkin (1 month ago)
1:14 This baseball 'player' must be on PCP or similar..
Zhidao Leeroybruce (1 month ago)
Do more airplanesssssssss
Jeff (1 month ago)
People watch sports because they want to watch sports. We don't want to waste time on stupid politics.
Emily Copeland (30 days ago)
Kind of hypocritical since you got salty over the map
Jeff (1 month ago)
Please call it mainland China, please. Taiwan is also part of China, although they call it Republic of China, Taiwan province.
By the Numbers (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
does anyone know if Wendover is American or Canadian, maybe even Australian? Just curious
Braze IAR (30 days ago)
American. His examples are usually the US or UK.
Takdir Muliono (1 month ago)
china airplanes
Takdir Muliono (1 month ago)
china exist
Witte Verheul (1 month 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 (30 days ago)
@Karl Tanner of Gin Alley I always saw NBA, baseball and American football as being similar size.
Karl Tanner of Gin Alley (1 month ago)
Nobody said it wasn’t…
pako pepe fdez (1 month ago)
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.
Karl Tanner of Gin Alley (1 month ago)
True, the NBA and their players are cowards
Aergga (1 month ago)
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 (30 days 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 (1 month ago)
Ummm it’s right on the logos…
Ion Ymous (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Also, I wonder if the commentator understood that his family name is "Yao", not "Ming"?
Karl Tanner of Gin Alley (1 month ago)
Yes that is common for Asian countries
Cassanda Wang (1 month ago)
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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Hk is delusional. Like they actually want colonialism back
Eviation (1 month ago)
suggestion for a video: the eurotunnel and how it connects europe
SwarleySwablu (1 month ago)
"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.
Karl Tanner of Gin Alley (1 month ago)
Good point
survivaltest 370 (1 month ago)
I'm disappointed that there were no planes at all! Not even in the sponsor clip!
biscoito1r (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
There goes your social credit
Thinkseeds (1 month ago)
Wendover is awesome ❤️ he inspired me to make my own channel!
Edin Selimović (1 month ago)
I never can understand people criticizing those they financialy depend on. Those are stupid people.
周星星 (1 month ago)
Taiwan is part of China
Karl Tanner of Gin Alley (1 month ago)
@周星星 Nope, never has.
周星星 (1 month ago)
@Karl Tanner of Gin Alley Taiwan has been Chinese since ancient times, you should respect history
周星星 (1 month ago)
Taiwan is an integral part of China's spilt
Karl Tanner of Gin Alley (1 month ago)
Nope, never has been
Ben Copeland (1 month ago)
How come you didn't include Puerto Rico on your American map? lol! Timestamp: 9:02
Garmen Lin (1 month ago)
I highly doubt any Chinese person would be drafted for the NFL considering our body size.
Jay Fan (1 month ago)
NBA is no longer broadcasted in china after the HK tweet =/
Panino Manino (1 month ago)
In the beginning and in various other parts you are pronouncing the words like that imbecile from Ancient Architects. Don't do this.
David Rosner (1 month ago)
Sports should remain separate from politics.
budakbaong siah (1 month ago)
Pfft, when did that ever happen? Even the Romans used Gladiatoral act and chariot races to boost their politicians's influence.
TheHylianBatman (1 month ago)
Very insightful indeed. I'm not sure how to feel about the Chinese market (or rather, the Chinese government), but I do think learning about it is extremely fascinating. It seems like everybody's talking about China- and perhaps rightly so. I think that China should have their own leagues, I think that would be cooler than them watching ours because they'd be able to identify with those in the game more; plus, the government could pour pride into them. Just my two cents, though. On a side note, is this the first Wendover video without airplanes?
Kaptain Kobold (1 month ago)
I saw that picture of Camden Yards! O's till I die!
BestofBadminton (1 month ago)
NBA shouldn't have to apologize for the actions of a franchise owner
Frank Aquino (1 month ago)
Its pronounced More eh.
习近平和毛泽东都是怪物 (1 month ago)
10:28 WRONG WRONG WRONG. Entertainment and politics DO NOT stay far, far away from each other, Wendover! *Freedom of expression* and entertainment stay far, far away from each other. Politics are very tightly intertwined and absolutely inseparable from entertainment in China. This is a distinction you must understand if you continue to make videos about China. Still and awesome channel though. :-)
习近平和毛泽东都是怪物 (1 month ago)
Pleeease stop pronouncing Weibo as way-boh, its pronounced way-bwah. About baseball: The Orioles, in 2015, picked up a Chinese player from a Shanghai camp. Can't recall his name, but Wendover shoulda got that right, eh! Baseball has a longer history in China than you present here. There was a league for decades, and American and Chinese teams would travel overseas for exhibition games several times a year. Baseball also fits the cyclical Chinese mindset in ways other sports do not.... you travel around the bases and end in the same place you begin (continuity of space), there is no time limit (continuity of time), the game repeats certain numerals (3 strikes, 3 outs, 3 sets of 3 innings to make 9 innings, 9 player positions), each inning has two interconnected sides (top/bottom), and the square (formed by bases) and circle (formed by the mound) also have great significance in Chinese culture (representing heaven and Earth). These same reasons might be part of why the game has taken hold in other east Asian countries, despite the space requirements of baseball in countries that have very limited real estate (Wendover forgot to mention its popularity in Philippines as well). Unfortunately, Mao Zedong banned baseball in China in the 1950's for being a "Western indulgence." It hasn't returned in earnest since.
Isaac Rowebotham (1 month ago)
East Turkestan will be free from the oppresion of winnie the pooh and his supporters.
Pranav Arora (1 month ago)
"They'll have to make more tough calls as to whether they want to be a sport league for US, or for the rest of the world". Couldn't disagree more. It should be whether they believe in democracy enough to uphold it over money or not.
budakbaong siah (1 month ago)
@Psychlops 924 It all boils down to money, eh? But you're right, that is what the video's about.
Psychlops 924 (1 month ago)
budakbaong siah I think he didn’t mention it because it doesn’t generate anywhere close to the amount of money that these other sports do.
budakbaong siah (1 month ago)
Interesting how people of the US think that no other country can ever develop sports by their own. He didn't even talk about Badminton and how successful China on that sport just because US is shit at it.
prodigyaustralia (1 month ago)
do something on australian fires
Tio Caiman (1 month ago)
The NBA pulled down its pants and told China to start insertion.
zroysum (1 month ago)
It's pronounced more-e not more-a
Crowmaster (1 month ago)
10:32 America wants that too
Your One Black Friend Who Gave you the N Word Pass (1 month ago)
I didn't realize it was all the US sports, I thought it was only basketball.
Ryan Donziger (1 month ago)
It is different but China has arena football
MickyAvStickyHands (1 month ago)
1:53 free Tibet! Communist Wendover Productions
Wheneggsdrop Some random guy on the Internet (1 month ago)
A weel fan base. What is this the kid that says:PICK UP A WEEL GUN!
John (1 month ago)
Capitalism and corporatism are two separate things. Corporatism is what these companies do in order to make money while selling there souls.
ThatKindaGuy Travel (1 month ago)
Sorry - I'm a little confused.......wheres the planes?
Aus Dog (1 month ago)
I’m the 1k comment
Stanislav Lacko (1 month ago)
Interesting, what could be said China gravitates towards sports with international presence. Those are soccer and basketball (somewhat). They were investing huge money, especially to soccer. Biggest soccer academy in the world in Guangzhou. The goal is to win a world cup in 20 years. Next important thing is time zones, because of this american sports leagues will remain kind of minority, beucase it just doesnt work with time. When there is primetime in US its 10:00 to 13:00 in China, it just doesnt work out for massive following. They have their own big leagues for soccer and basketball.
Overlord (1 month ago)
Pathetic NBA apologies to the country where human rights are not respected to save some $$$$.
Migs (1 month ago)
So... how many layovers does Yao Ming do when he goes home?
Amal Francis (1 month ago)
China is a threat to the world. Just like ussr.