The NBA Is Evaluating Mexico City This Week

How many pesos are available?


The National Basketball Association’s two game Mexico sample is on tap and the league continues to figure out what sort of future it has in Mexico City and in Mexico. Could the NBA eventually set up shop and place an expansion or relocation franchise in the Mexican capital?  The NBA will make stops in Mexico in 2019 and 2020 as well. Mexico City has emerged as a hot American sports leagues market. The NFL plays an annual game in the city. But Major League Baseball has decided to skip Mexico City and will concentrate on Monterrey which is not far from the Texas border.  Major League Baseball has scheduled a pair of pre-season games in Monterrey in March and will have two regular season series in the Mexican city in April and in May. For some reason, Major League Baseball over the pasts two decades has put efforts into building up the Monterrey market and there was a suggestion that Monterrey was being considered in 2003 and 2004 as a possible home for the MLB owned Montreal Expos franchise. That team moved to Washington, D. C. after the 2004 season.

The NBA has no plans to add teams to its present 30 franchise make up. It is thought if the league expands, Seattle would be first in line to get a team with a renovated building available.  Mexico City may also be on that line. Mexico City is the most populated city in North America. There seems to be money and corporate interest in the NBA in the Mexican capital.  The NBA is doing due diligence and needs to find out if Mexico City is a legitimate NBA market or if it is a place where you can stage a couple games a year and get locals to buy NBA related merchandise. Money talks and the NBA is looking for pesos.

Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph, left, looks for a shot as he moves around Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)