NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on the 25th of the first regular-season games that Mexican fans can expect more games on their country, while adding the league is also thinking about the possibility of making a franchise in Mexico as well as a Department League Team in Monterrey, Mexico.
Silver addressed the press ahead of Saturday’s matchup between the Phoenix Suns & San Antonio Spurs at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The Dallas Mavericks won against the Suns on Thursday in the first of the two-game set, which marks the first time NBA has played two regular- season games in Mexico during the same season.
“In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it’s something that we’re going to look at,” Silver said. “This is a competitive market, well over 20 million people. While we have no immediate plans to expand the NBA, one of the things that we look at is whether expanding would be additive to the league as a whole. Clearly coming to Mexico City just because of the huge population here in Mexico but in essence as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important to the league. You clearly have a beautiful state-of-the-art arena here, and you can tell by ticket sales that we have the interest. So that’s something that we will continue to look at.”
Participation on Saturday was 20,532, a sellout. NBA authorities said it was the largest crowd to go to a NBA game in Mexico.
Silver said that a standout amongst the most vital calculates bringing the NBA abroad is whether the host city’s setting can bolster the team. Silver indicated Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, just like a “state-of-the-art facility” that could have a D-League team later on.
Raul Zarraga, managing director of NBA Mexico, said Thursday that it’s the ideal opportunity for the nation to begin creating NBA-caliber players and the class needs “to work more closely with local authorities to see how we can grow the basketball professionally to find new players that in the future can play in the NBA.” Silver concurred, saying the arrangement now is to begin a NBA improvement institute in Mexico.
Mexico as of now has an development academy, however Silver needs to investigate assembling a foundation authorized by the alliance, like what the NBA has done in different nations. The NBA and Basketball Australia declared in November the dispatch of the NBA Global Academy, a tip top preparing focus anticipated that would serve as a center point for top worldwide prospects from around the globe. The NBA additionally has as of late uncovered arrangements to open foundations in China, India and Africa.