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Adam Silver: NBA on track to play regular-season games in Africa

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)


The NBA will soon hold its first exhibition game in Africa.

Eventually, the continent could host regular-season games, a la the league’s annual contest in London, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

Gerald Imray of the Associated Press:

Although he didn’t give an exact time frame, Silver said a pre-season game and then a regular-season game on the continent was the logical progression for the NBA, which is on a ''fast track’’ to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa.

''Part of why I’m here is to continue to investigate new facilities,’' Silver said. ''We would want a larger, more modern arena for a regular or pre-season game here. And it’s also to test the response here. These things just take time, but I’m very confident that in the not-too-distant future we will be playing, to begin with, a pre-season game on the continent of Africa.’'

The NBA probably isn’t far from putting a preseason game in Africa. Preseason games regularly occur across the globe – including Spain, China and Brazil this year.

It is interesting Silver brought up the arena issue. The NBA stands to make a lot of money by spreading its reach overseas. I hope the league would help pay for an arena it uses if it’s going to reap the financial rewards, not putting the full burden on a local government to build the arena, unless it’d be useful there otherwise.