The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced today that NBA Global Games London 2017 will feature the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers travelling to London for a regular-season game at The O2 on Jan. 12, 2017. The announcement was made via Facebook Live from the NBA’s European headquarters in London with Nuggets guard Gary Harris in attendance. The team logos were revealed in a specially commissioned piece of street art in Stockwell, London.
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari: “It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017. Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.” Indiana Pacers forward Paul George: “I’m really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London. This is great exposure for our team and our franchise. I think it will be a great experience for us and the fans in attendance.”
Philadelphia Sixers billionaire owners Josh Harris HRS +0.05% and David Blitzer are gunning to own the first NFL team in London, industry sources tell Forbes.
Harris and Blitzer now rank as two of the three top investors in Palace, along with club chairman Steve Parish. The two Americans have much bigger plans. “They’re more interested in getting the NFL in London than they are in the NBA,’’ the source said. “Their No. 1 goal is to get the NFL team in London. They want to flip the Sixers anyway.’’
The Toronto Raptors will face the Orlando Magic in a NBA regular season game in London on 14 January 2016. This will mark the league’s sixth regular-season game at The 02 and the second time the Raptors have featured, having previously played in a double-header with the New Jersey Nets in 2011.