Sport is no different than other enterprise in the sense that its possibility to grow is endless. The NBA specifically, has grown from a small American sport, to the second most popular sport, behind only soccer, in the world. There are many reasons for this growth. Sport, more than most enterprises, has such a possibility to grow due to its simplicity and the fact that all cultures no matter where they are located or how advanced are, have always and will always participate in sport. The globalization of the NBA is due to a few key factors, most of which go deeper than the actual sport itself.
The NBA has globalized to an international enterprise since the league came to be. One aspect of this globalization I speak about in my paper is Yao Ming’s entrance into the league. When Yao Ming was Drafted number one overall in the 2002 NBA draft it was not as simple as him hoping on a plane to the United States. The Chinese government needed to determine if they would allow Ming to play in the United States. After months of negotiation, the Chinese Government decided to let Ming play for the Houston Rockets, however, they set forth a few rules. First, Ming had to pay Chinese taxes on whatever he made playing in the NBA and second, the Houston Rockets had to agree to train the members of Ming’s old team, the Shanghai Sharks, in an effort to improve the Chinese basketball scene, and third, some of Ming’s salary had to go to the Shanghai Sharks. This is one of the instances where the Globalization of the NBA transcended the game and entered into the world of politics. The NBA is more than a game. It is a way for some international players to come to America and make some great money. The possibilities the sport has are endless. David Stern, the pervious commissioner of the NBA was very focused on globalizing the NBA and making into an international brand which it is well on its way to becoming.