Mexico City Rumors
Kenneth Faried: “Hopefully being in this great city of Mexico City and being on this team, Capitanes, the experience and the minutes I’ve been getting, I can continue to showcase to the NBA that I’m ready for whatever team wants to hopefully pick me up. Like I said, I’m ready, I’m focused, I’m locked in, I’m a better vet, a better person, a better leader and I don’t even need to be a leader. I can be quiet and sit back and just follow whoever the leader is.”
With the NBA staging what has become an annual game in Mexico City, expansion has been a popular topic of conversation. A day or so after Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum talked about the possibility of adding new teams, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took his turn. After years of saying expansion was a non-discussion for the NBA, Silver has said it’s something the league is starting to look into. However, Silver cautioned putting a timeline on it. “We want to get a new collective bargaining agreement, our media rights deals are up soon, so we need to renew those, as well, but then we will turn to expansion,” Silver said.
Jeff Zillgitt: With an NBA game in Mexico City today, Commissioner Adam Silver addressed a possible expansion team in Mexico. I believe two U.S. cities get expansion teams first but the league is serious about Mexico City and its market as Silver reiterated in his comments:
Jeff Zillgitt: With an NBA game in Mexico City today, Commissioner Adam Silver addressed a possible expansion team in Mexico. I believe two U.S. cities get expansion teams first but the league is serious about Mexico City and its market as Silver reiterated in his comments: pic.twitter.com/ar7VaPF9dC
While Mark Tatum emphasizes that expansion is not in the league’s immediate plans with a new collective bargaining agreement and media rights deal taking priority, he does say that Mexico City “has to be in consideration” for an NBA franchise when the time comes.
Mexico City — North America’s largest city — has been the epicenter of a fertile, growing basketball market. The league has 30 million Mexican fans, and basketball is the second-most-played sport there, NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum tells Front Office Sports. “One day, we hope to get to number one,” he says. “You do that by doing grassroots programs in the market, by bringing NBA games to the market.”