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NBA to play first games in India during 2019

The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play in two preseason games in Mumbai in 2019. This will mark the first ever games for a North American sports league in India.  The games will take place on October 4-5, 2019.

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population.  We thank the Kings and Pacers organisations for participating in this historic event,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Also that week the NBA will conduct interactive fan activities including Jr. NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreach events.

NBA India managing director Yannick Colaco said: “We are proud to be the first global sports league to bring games of this scale to India. The NBA and basketball have never been more popular in India, and fans will get to enjoy world-class showcases for our sport between two exciting teams in the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers.”

The NBA opened in Mumbai in 2011 and more than 350 NBA games are broadcast each year in the nation on TV.