NBA To Play In Rio de Janeiro – NBA Going International

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NBA To Play In Rio de Janeiro – NBA Going International

This year, the NBA will play preseason games in eight cities around the world starting next October. Eight teams will join in the latest international outreach that could include the first NBA preseason games in Brazil and in the Philippines. This represents a major step for the organization as it seeks to gain a more global audience.

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers will face an international team before playing against each other in Manchester England in October. The Chicago Bulls and Washington will visit Rio de Janeiro the host of the 2016 Olympic Games on Oct. 12th, while the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers will. Inch each other in China on October 15.

 

These international exhibitionsThe League continues to push its brand beyond the North American borders. Eight teams are set to play preseason games in Europe, Asia and South America. Per the AP: “The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the proceedings by playing Turkish team Fenerbahce on Oct. 5 in Istanbul. 

 

The Philadelphia 76ers follow a day later against Uxue Bilbao in Spain. The Thunder and 76ers then meet on Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers will meet on Oct. 10 in Manila, Philippines, and again on Oct. 13 in Taipei, Taiwan. Also in Asia, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will play each other on Oct. 15 in Beijing and then again three days later in Shanghai. In South America, the Chicago Bulls will play the Washington Wizards on Oct. 12 in Rio de Janeiro.”…More at NBA Teams to Play Eight Preseason Games Overseas – SLAM Online will represent an enormous outreach of the NBA institution in seeking to internationalize the brand.
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