NBA

Adam Silver wants more NBA for Mexico City

Adam Silver wants more NBA for Mexico City

Adam Silver wants more NBA for Mexico City 2017 images

Adam Silver Looks Forward to More Games, Possible NBA Franchise in Mexico City

The NBA’s popularity worldwide is rapidly expanding. Basketball is huge in China and growing quickly throughout much of Europe. Even Mexico is getting in on the craze.

Last week, the NBA held a two-game set in Mexico City with the Phoenix Suns falling to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday before knocking off the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. The games, along with comments from Mavs owner Mark Cuban, got the league talking about the possibility of a team calling Mexico’s capital home.

“In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it’s something that we’re going to look at,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “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.”

The Suns-Spurs matchup was the largest crowd an NBA game has ever drawn south of the border, with a sellout crowd of 20,532 packing into Mexico City Arena for the game. Silver has also pointed to Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico as a beautiful building that could potentially host an NBA Developmental League team in the near future.

“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.”

The NBA has also found a large demand for their streaming services in Mexico, where managing director of NBA Mexico Raul Zarraga reports there are over 500,000 fans and growing streaming the action online.

“We are seeing increases,” said Zarraga. “It’s impressive how we are growing year after year. We closed the last year with double-digit increase in subscriptions. We are one percent or two percent higher this season.”

My question is, if the NBA does decide to add two more teams, where might the other one go?

NBA
@chrismaurice

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

how bad is lonzo balls father lavar hurting his nba future 2017 images

How bad is Lonzo Ball’s father LaVar hurting his NBA future?

Chris MauriceMarch 21, 2017
doc rivers hating nba back to back scheduling 2017 images

Doc Rivers hating NBA back to back scheduling

Chris MauriceMarch 19, 2017
ready for march madness how to stream it live

All your March Madness live streaming options plus point spreads

Luka AlarioMarch 13, 2017
knicks triangle offensive splits kristaps porzingis and derrick rose 2017 images

Knicks triangle offensive splits Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose

Chris MauriceMarch 4, 2017
warriors kevin durant knee injury brings back Matt Barnes 2017 images

Warriors Kevin Durant knee injury brings back Matt Barnes

Luka AlarioMarch 1, 2017
DeMarcus Cousins 18th technical foul seems NBA not hot on him 2017 images

DeMarcus Cousins 18th technical foul seems NBA not hot on him

Chris MauriceFebruary 28, 2017
2017 nba trade deadline winners and losers images

2017 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Chris MauriceFebruary 24, 2017
carmelo anthony looking safe with knicks as trade deadline hits 2017 images

Carmelo Anthony looking safe with Knicks as trade deadline hits

Chris MauriceFebruary 23, 2017
kevin garnett blames aau for killing nba 2017 images

Kevin Garnett blames AAU for killing NBA

Chris MauriceFebruary 22, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription