The enthusiasm and dedication of every Mexican fan resulted in a multiyear partnership, that will see future games played in Mexico City over the next several years.
The NBA and the Orlando Magic announced on Tuesday that the Magic will host a pair of home games in Mexico City this season, squaring off against the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz on December 13 and December 15 respectively.
The Chicago Bulls have played in London, Paris, and Rio De Janeiro before, but they were all preseason games.
The NBA's continued efforts to expand the game globally have led them to playing regular season games in Mexico and England in recent years, and that won't be any different in 2018-19. They'll face the Magic, considered the home team, on December 13 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
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But this is the most important global (excluding the team's annual trips to Canada) Jazz game ever, a regular season matchup that will count in the real standings, not the exhibition ones.
The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85.
The NBA is heading to Mexico City to play their 27th and 28th games there since 1992. It certainly helps in relation to the promotion of our ownership's interests in Amway, and that's certainly the case with Mexico City as Mexico is a growing market for the Amway Corporation.
"We are honored that the National Basketball Association invited the Chicago Bulls to be a part of sharing a game we love with a global audience", said Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf. The NBA has established a major worldwide 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. The NBA regular season schedule is expected to be released by the end of this week. Then, two days later, Orlando will host the Utah Jazz at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.