National Basketball Association schedules two Mexico City games for next season

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Players will be making a trip to Mexico City this winter for a regular season basketball game versus the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Dec. 15.

"From our previous experience of playing in Mexico City, we know the passion of the fans and look forward to this incredible opportunity".

And for the third straight year, a lousy-looking team will "host" the pair of games.

The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85. "So it's a great brand-building opportunity for the Orlando Magic but also for the Amway Corporation".

The NBA has started playing more and more games in Mexico City as the league looks to expand its footprint throughout the world. Those games were the first time an American sports league played regular-season games outside of North America as the Jazz went on to reach the postseason for the eight consecutive year.

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The games that the Magic play in Mexico City will be considered home games, which means the team will only be playing 39 games inside Orlando's Amway Center this season. ESPN will broadcast the game.

As part of the announcement, the National Basketball Association and entertainment company Zignia Live also forged a multiyear partnership to collaborate on future games in Mexico over the next several years.

The NBA Mexico City Games 2018 will be supported by a full roster of marketing partners, including Nike, SAP, Gatorade and Tissot with additional partners to be announced in the coming months. According to K.C. Johnson from the Chicago Tribune, the tentative opening for the Bulls regular season schedule has Bulls playing the 76ers on October 18, with a home opener against the Hornets two days later.

The Magic will host the Chicago Bulls on December 13 then play the Utah Jazz on December 15. The NBA will also conduct clinics and other community events in conjunction with these regular season games.

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