There are increasing reports out of Mexico City that the Nets will host this year’s NBA Global Games Mexico in early December. Excelsior, Mexico’s big newspaper, quotes league sources as saying Mexico City will be “the home of the Brooklyn Nets” for two games the first week of December. The games will be part of the 25th anniversary celebration of NBA Mexico.
Here’s the translation...
Mexico City will be the home of the Brooklyn Nets when it is confirmed that the NBA will return to the country to have a pair of matches the first week of December.
League sources confirmed that the Brooklyn team will be the home team at the Mexico City Arena against the Spurs and Thunder.
These will be the 25th and 26th games held in Mexico and the fifth and sixth regular season games held in Mexico since 1992, when the league and Mexico initiated their relationship.
It will also be the Nets' second visit to Mexico after a 1999 preseason duel against the Warriors while still playing in New Jersey.
Reports have circulated for several weeks that the Nets would be headed south of the border as we reported earlier in June...
Report out of Mexico that there could be three regular season NBA games there next season. Nets rumored to be one headed south of the border— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) June 14, 2017
The games will be played at Mexico City’s Ciudad Mexico Arena.
The NBA has hosted games in Mexico over the years as part of its international branding, but until recently, the games have been preseason affairs. The Excelsior report suggests that the two games will be considered Nets home games, apparently reducing the number of their home contests from 41 to 39.
The Suns played the Spurs and Mavericks last season in Mexico City. More than 20,000 fans showed up for each game, setting an attendance record for games played outside the U.S. and Canada.
There’s been no official announcement.
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