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NBA seeks improved arenas to expand Latin American fixtures

NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to stage more games in Latin America – but only if the venues are improved.

As part of the NBA Mexico City Games 2018, the Orlando Magic took on the Chicago Bulls at the 22,300-seat Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Thursday evening. A game between the Magic and the Utah Jazz is set for Saturday at the same venue.

They mark the 27th and 28th games in Mexico since 1992, and the eighth and ninth regular-season games played in the country.

Silver said he wants to see arenas of similar standards developed first before bringing the league to different parts of the country, or even continent. Further games in Mexico City have not been announced but Silver said: “We’re committed to come back to Mexico for many years to come.”

Silver remains optimistic about a G-League franchise being established in Mexico. “We’re in the third quarter there,” he said.