Yi vs. Yao matchup draws estimated 100 to 200 million TV viewers in China

Updated: November 10, 2007, 8:39 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets game had a distinctly local flavor for NBA fans in China.

Among the estimated 100 to 200 million TV viewers in China were more than 400 who packed a Beijing bar at breakfast time Saturday to watch a live televised broadcast of Rockets star Yao Ming against Bucks' rookie Yi Jianlian in the Chinese players' first NBA matchup.

"We're here for those two Chinese," said Wu Disong, a 27-year-old designer watching the game on a large TV at ...

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