National Basketball Association 'moving quickly' to put G League franchise in Mexico

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

The NBA intends to add a G League affiliate team in Mexico City, which "could begin play as early as next season", according to the New York Times. A G League franchise could be the stepping stone to eventual expansion into an National Basketball Association franchise.

The Brooklyn Nets are playing two "home" games at the Mexico City Arena this week: Thursday night against Oklahoma City and Saturday night against Miami.

Establishing a G League franchise on Mexican soil would be the latest serious step by the N.B.A.to gain a foothold in Mexico and gauge the viability of putting an N.B.A. team in the largest market in Latin America. The two most likely expansion locations are Seattle and Mexico City, and a G-League franchise could serve as a test run before adding an National Basketball Association team.

The franchise would be owned and operated locally and could start up as soon as next season, according to the sources, who spoke anonymously. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the first games played in Mexico City. (The Wizards' incoming G-League team will become the 27th team starting next season.) The Mexico City franchise would be locally owned and operated, per Stein, without a direct National Basketball Association affiliate.

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