MEXICO CITY — NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated Thursday he wants more video games to be performed in Latin America.
Talking earlier than the Orlando Magic confronted the Chicago Bulls on the 22,300-seat Area Ciudad de Mexico, Silver was complimentary of the constructing, and stated he hoped different, related venues would pop up in different elements of the Americas.
“As you possibly can see, this can be a state-of-the-art enviornment,” Silver stated, including that video games in Mexico Metropolis really feel like “an everyday NBA recreation” held in the US or Canada.
The Bulls are certainly one of Mexico’s hottest NBA groups, surpassed solely by the Los Angeles Lakers, in accordance to a July 2018 research commissioned by the league. Throughout pregame introductions Thursday, the group responded with a loud ovation when guard Justin Vacation took the microphone to thank spectators for attending.
The sector, which opened in 2013, was an enormous issue in the NBA returning to play regular-season video games in Mexico for the primary time since 1997.
“These will probably be our 27th and 28th video games in Mexico,” Silver stated.
Exterior of Mexico, the NBA has by no means held a regular-season recreation in Latin America. Silver stated venues related to Area Ciudad de Mexico would have to be accomplished elsewhere in order to present followers with an expertise in keeping with the league’s beliefs.
Regardless of an earlier announcement Thursday relating to a brand new TV contract with Televisa, no point out was made about holding video games in Mexico Metropolis past this season. Nevertheless, Silver was optimistic in regards to the chance.
“We’re dedicated to come again to Mexico for a few years to come,” he stated, noting talks between league and the town’s authorities have been “very optimistic.”
Silver touted the league’s progress in reputation in Mexico, saying basketball was “No. 2 after soccer” in a rustic that has hosted NFL and MLB video games lately.
“There have been lengthy traces of followers simply ready to get in [to the Bulls-Magic game],” Silver stated.
Plans to have a G League franchise in Mexico as early as subsequent season are nonetheless in the works.
“We’re in the third quarter there,” stated Silver, including that he wants a crew “planting its flag in Mexico” very soon.