Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell and Co. headed to Mexico City

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Chicago will face the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on December 13, the league announced Tuesday, as part of the Mexico City Games 2018, which also features the Magic playing the Jazz two nights later at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

"The Utah Jazz are excited to play in Mexico City and are proud to represent our fans and the National Basketball Association on a global stage", said Utah Jazz president Steve Starks.

None of the three teams have played a regular-season game in Mexico before.

The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85.


It will hurt to sacrifice a few home games in Orlando, but it is also a chance for a bit more worldwide exposure for the Magic and some national exposure too.

The NBA said in its release on Tuesday that it plans to continue to play games in the city in future seasons.

Aaron Gordon, Mohamed Bamba and the Magic will face Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls on December 13, followed by a game against Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on December 15, the league said.

The NBA is heading to Mexico City to play their 27th and 28th games there since 1992. ESPN will broadcast the game. The disruption of routines might hurt for a team that will be getting used to a new coach and a new mentality.


The NBA Mexico City Games 2018 will be supported by a full roster of marketing partners, including Nike, SAP, Gatorade and Tissot with additional partners to be announced in the coming months. The game is the second of a two-game series in which the Magic will also play the Chicago Bulls in the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

It will be like playing an extra pair of road games on the schedule.

"Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America". The NBA will also conduct clinics and other community events in conjunction with these regular season games.


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