Tilman Fertitta

Blood Money: How America’s Sports Owners Are in Bed with Communist China

There is no question that basketball is China’s most popular sport. “Roughly 800 million people in China tuned into an NBA game. … That’s more than twice the population of the United States,” NBC News reported in 2019. That was before Daryl Morey sent his simple tweet, “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong,” in October of 2019 and started a firestorm that would shake the NBA to its core and begin a nearly 18-month-long ban on NBA games aired on Chinese television.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 09: (IMAGE TAKEN WITH MOBILE PHONE CAMERA) A Chinese flag is seen placed on basketballs in the NBA flagship retail store on October 9, 2019 in Beijing, China. The NBA is trying to salvage its brand in China amid criticism of its handling of a controversial …

Houston Rockets Owner Fertitta: Jobless Prefer Enhanced Unemployment Benefits to Work

CEO of Landry’s and owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets Tilman Fertitta said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that businesses are having a hard time finding enough workers because enhanced unemployment benefits Congress passed to combat the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the economy are now discouraging out-of-work Americans from taking jobs.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: Executive Vice President, Primetime Alternative for CNBC Jim Ackerman (L) and businessman/TV personality Tilman J. Fertitta speak onstage during the 'Billion Dollar Buyer' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, …