Basketball: Magic to host Bulls, Jazz in NBA Mexico City games

The NBA also announced a new deal with Zignia Live that will secure two regular-season games a season at Mexico City Arena for each of the next three campaigns.

Utah features Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert of France, while the Bulls' roster features two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest victor Zach LaVine and Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen.

On Tuesday the National Basketball Association announced tha the Bulls will face the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Thursday, December 13th at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Two games will be played, but only three teams will go south of the border to participate, meaning one team will be playing in both games.

Don't worry too much about the travel impacting the Jazz during the regular season slog: Mexico City is closer to Salt Lake City than Orlando is by about 250 miles.

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The Magic will sacrifice two homes games off their schedule to play the games in Mexico City, just like the team sacrificed a home game for the London game a few years ago.

The Bulls are playing their first-ever regular-season game outside of the United States and Canada.

The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85. It certainly helps in relation to the promotion of our ownership's interests in Amway, and that's certainly the case with Mexico City as Mexico is a growing market for the Amway Corporation.

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. This year, on December 13 and December 15, the league will play two more. The NBA has established a major global presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.

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