Home Business-newBusiness NBA plans minor league franchise for Mexico City

NBA plans minor league franchise for Mexico City

by Yucatan Times
1 comment

MEXICO CITY — Before the first of two N.B.A. regular season games were played in Mexico City last week, league Commissioner Adam Silver said that the National Basketball Association intends to move quickly to put a N.B.A. G League franchise in the Mexican capital as early as next season.

A team in the G League, which serves as the N.B.A.’s official minor league, would be owned and operated locally. Silver was in Mexico City to meet with local parties interested in owning the franchise, while the Nets, Thunder and Heat were there to take part in the Mexico City Global Games.

Establishing a G League franchise on Mexican soil would be the latest serious step by the N.B.A. in its efforts to gain a foothold in Mexico and gauge the viability of putting an N.B.A. team in the largest market in Latin America.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and some of his Nets teammates greeting fans in Mexico City on Wednesday. The Nets played two regular-season games there last week. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

While stressing that his league is not actively pursuing expansion or relocation for any of its 30 current franchises, Silver has described Mexico City as a natural contender for an eventual N.B.A. team. “Mexico is a flourishing basketball market with growing fan interest and increased youth participation,” he said.

This comes just a few weeks after a report from ESPN.com’s Jonathon Givony said that the league was planning to announce a development and training academy in Mexico City. The NBA currently has six academies already, with one in Australia, one in India, one in Senegal and three in China.

Sources: nba.com; nytimes.com

You may also like

1 comment

Rosie October 24, 2022 - 2:35 am

Well, basketball is one of the most popular sports. Watch online NBA matches – always have the opportunity to follow the game of the best teams on the planet. I found NBA broadcast here https://drhtv.tv/ .


Leave a Comment

Our Company

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consect etur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis.


Laest News

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?
Update Required Flash plugin