The Brooklyn Nets made it official today, in announcing the team will play two preseason games in China against the Sacramento Kings in 2014. The games will be October 12 in Shanghai and October 15 in Beijing. The games are part of the NBA Global Games 2014, the NBA’s comprehensive international schedule that will include five preseason games in four countries this October.
From the release:
"It’s an honor for us to represent Brooklyn and the League in China," said Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd. "The borough and the Nets have connections to fans all over the world and it’s a great opportunity to play on a major international stage in China."
"Our games in China not only allow us to bring our brand to such an important global market, but from a business standpoint it gives us a chance to be in front of Chinese companies who have expressed an interest in the Nets and Brooklyn," Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said. "We will be very active during our trip in seeking to create strategic partnerships by demonstrating the powerful benefits of growing their business through the Nets in the No. 1 media market in the United States."
The games will be televised globally, as well as locally. The news was first reported two months ago by NetsDaily.
- Nets to play 2 preseason games in China - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets tabbed to play Kings in China next presason - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings to play two preseason games in China - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- N.B.A. to Play Abroad in Preseason - Andrew Keh - New York Times
- Nets to play in China - AP
Kings expanding global reach with two preseason games in China - Jason Jones - Sacramento Bee