MLB signs new deal with Chinese firm that dropped NBA over exec’s Hong Kong support

But the MLB signed a deal with Tencent Wednesday, one of China’s largest tech companies.

It’s one of the Chinese firms that briefly dropped NBA games in 2019 after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey publicly voiced support for pro-democracy protesters facing a Beijing-backed crackdown in Hong Kong.

The new deal grants Tencent rights to stream MLB games in a number of Asian countries until 2023. Back in 2018, the MLB and Tencent reached another deal that granted the company streaming rights for 125 games within China.