Reuters – The National Basketball Association (NBA) added two regular season games to a growing international schedule on Thursday with contests scheduled for London and Mexico City.
As part an effort to increase its global footprint, the NBA will play a total of seven regular-season and pre-season games on international courts during the 2014-15 campaign featuring nine teams in seven cities in six different countries.
The NBA had announced in April that the two-time defending champion Miami Heat would be among five teams playing pre-season games in four countries as part of the league’s Global Games promotion.
The Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs will play a series of games in Brazil, China, Germany, and Turkey.
“While London and Mexico City each have their own unique culture, they both have rich sports traditions and share a great passion for the NBA,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a statement.
“These regular-season games will bring the excitement and incredible competition of our league to more fans in Europe and Latin America.”
The four teams participating in the regular-season portion of NBA Global Games reflect the strong international makeup of the league.
At the end of last season, the Bucks, Knicks, Rockets, and Timberwolves featured a combined 18 international players from 17 countries on their rosters.