NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to continue to expand the NBA to the international scene, according to latest NBA rumors. The next move for the league is to consider adding a franchise outside the United States and Mexico City is mentioned as the country considered for expansion.
“In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it’s something that we’re going to look at. 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,” Silver said via ESPN.
The league recently held their NBA Global Games in London and Mexico earlier this week. Silver added that even if there is no franchise expansion, the NBA will still add more games played in the country in the next few seasons.
NBA team in Mexico City possible
“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.”
In Mexico this week, the Phoenix Suns upset the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Suns in the two-game series. Both games had good-sized crowds, which tell a lot about the city’s ability to support a franchise for the long-term. The Suns-Mavericks matchup drew 20,352 people, which is reportedly the highest in an NBA game held in Mexico at that time.
In connection with the possible NBA expansion into Mexico, Silver also added that the NBA is looking into building an NBA development academy in the country. This is aside from plans of bringing more regular season games to Mexico.
“I think the next step before we start talking about a franchise in Mexico City is to bring more games here. Of course we’ve had these two regular-season games, and whether we bring additional regular-season games in the next season or do some sort of tournament where you bring over a group of teams and they all play each other in some format — that’s something that we’re looking at,” the league commissioner added to fuel the NBA rumors that the next move for the league is to expand to Mexico.
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