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Orlando Magic to play regular season games in Mexico City

10 August 2018

The NBA released an official press conference about the games, in which commissioner Adam Silver even commented, "Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America".

The full slate for Fred Hoiberg's fourth season with the Bulls is still not out, but he does know that one of his games will be worldwide.

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The Orlando Magic will play two home games in Mexico City against the Chicago Bulls on December 13 and Utah Jazz on December 15 as part of their 2019 schedule, the team and the National Basketball Association announced Tuesday. Those games were the first time an American sports league played regular-season games outside of North America as the Jazz went on to reach the postseason for the eight consecutive year.

The NBA also announced that they will work to hold several more games in Mexico in the future; 32 games since 1992 will be played in Mexico City after the 2020 season. Orlando played a preseason game in Mexico City against the New Orleans Pelicans. The last time the team played a game internationally was an exhibition game on October 12, 2013 against the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro.

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So, although this trip will mark the franchise's first regular-season game at this particular site, it certainly isn't uncharted territory for the organization. We can now include a more extensive relationship with Mexico.

The NBA Mexico City Games 2018 will be supported by a full roster of marketing partners, including Nike, SAP, Gatorade and Tissot with additional partners to be announced in the coming months. Donovan Mitchell and Co. will take on Aaron Gordon and the Magic at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 15. The NBA has established a major global presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.

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Kudos to the league for making the right moves and doing so with the right team.

Orlando Magic to play regular season games in Mexico City