alienpick wrote: ALPHAandOMEGA wrote:
Business shouldn’t be mixed with politics. That’s Morey’s big mistake. The moment a business takes a political stand it stops being neutral. It will then lose business, from those aposed, and be held to a certain standard forever by those who stick with it. ANY wavering from that stand will then lose it further business. It is always in a businesses best interest to remain neutral and product based.
Internally it can have a standard of treatment for its employees (ie: harassment policy, which is an extension of human rights) but the moment it starts into selective political opinion, it crosses a line from which it can’t walk back.
That’s why Silver hasn’t had the NBA take a stand on this issue, and rather put out a wishy washy statement about encouraging its players and its business partners (China). He knows, obviously, that taking a political stand as a company is BAD business
Morey didn't mix business and politics. His comment was not associated with commercial dealings of any kind. China brought the business into politics. They didn't have too but in order to keep people under communist or socialist control the populous can't be allowed dissenting opinions.
Morey is in the upper management of the Rockets. In fact, aside from the owner, he is the most public face of the Rocket’s management. Morey knows this. What he says is associated with the team, whether he likes it or not, as he is the face of management. It’s part of the job. Every other high level manager of every other multi-million dollar company knows this.
No this is incorrect. There is no single organization in the US with whom I or anyone else agrees 100% with the views held by the organization's leadership. If that is your standard I suggest you join some "off the grid" society because by purchasing products some of your money will go to people with whom you disagree.
Had Morey said "we support the protests and as such are deprioritizing or relationships with Chinese brands" then yes he has taken a personal stand in conjunction with a commercial stance. He did not. China made this problem because they know their government cannot objectively defend its actions. Their only hope is to strong arm opposition.
I hope the NBA backs the domestic 85% of its financial base rather than the Chinese 15%. If they go the way of Blizzard and Activision I hope they go bankrupt.