NBA doubles up with more games in Mexico this year
North American basketball's NBA has announced it will stage two games in Mexico in December, the first time the league will play four regular-season matches in the country in a calendar year.
The Brooklyn Nets will face Oklahoma City Thunder on 7 December and Miami Heat two days later. Both games will be played at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, in Mexico City.
In January, the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks played two games in the capital.
The NBA has teamed up with Zingia Live, the events organiser, to stage the games in Mexico City in December. In addition to the oncourt action, there will be a number of interactive fan activities and 'NBA Cares' community outreach initiatives.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “These games will be our 25th and 26th in Mexico, the most played in any country outside of the United States and Canada. They will also mark the 25th anniversary of our first game in Mexico City, a milestone in our relationship with our Mexican fans and a further indication of our desire to strengthen our ties to Mexico and Latin America.”
Ignacio Saenz, Zignia Live director of business development and strategic partnerships, added: “Having four NBA regular-season games in Mexico within the same calendar year has surpassed our expectations and shows the passion and commitment of the NBA and our company to the sport.”
Meanwhile, the NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics will meet in the next game to be held in London.
The contest will take place at the O2 on 11 January. It will be the eighth time that the venue, which is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, stages an NBA regular season game, and live coverage will again be provided by UK pay-TV operator BT Sport.