[:en]NBA plans to have a minor league franchise in Mexico City[:es]La NBA tendrá un equipo de liga menor en Ciudad de México[:]

[:en]Mexico City – Before the first of two N.B.A. regular season games were played in Mexico City last week, league Commissioner Adam Silver said that the National Basketball Association intends to move quickly to put a N.B.A. G League franchise in the Mexican capital as early as next season.

A team in the G League, which serves as the N.B.A.’s official minor league, would be owned and operated locally. Silver was in Mexico City to meet with local parties interested in owning the franchise, while the Nets, Thunder and Heat were there to take part in the Mexico City Global Games.

Establishing a G League franchise on Mexican soil would be the latest serious step by the N.B.A. in its efforts to gain a foothold in Mexico and gauge the viability of putting an N.B.A. team in the largest market in Latin America.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and some of his Nets teammates greeting fans in Mexico City on Wednesday. The Nets played two regular-season games there last week. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

While stressing that his league is not actively pursuing expansion or relocation for any of its 30 current franchises, Silver has described Mexico City as a natural contender for an eventual N.B.A. team. “Mexico is a flourishing basketball market with growing fan interest and increased youth participation,” he said.

This comes just a few weeks after a report from ESPN.com’s Jonathon Givony said that the league was planning to announce a development and training academy in Mexico City. The NBA currently has six academies already, with one in Australia, one in India, one in Senegal and three in China.

Source: Yahoo News[:es]Las intenciones de la NBA de explorar el mercado latinoamericano son serias.

Un reporte del New York Times dice que la liga estudia el lanzamiento de un equipo en Ciudad de México para su circuito de desarrollo conocido como NBA G League.

La intención de la NBA es probar la viabilidad de México. El comisionado Adam Silver ha dicho que la Ciudad de México es candidata a tener un equipo de la NBA ya sea por expansión o por la reubicación de otro club.

La NBA tendrá un equipo de liga menor en México (Foto: laopinion.com)

La G League es una liga de desarrollo con 26 equipos, que son propiedad de actuales franquicias de la NBA. El objetivo es que sean 30 para que cada uno de los planteles tenga su representación. El reporte del New York Times dice que el equipo de México sería administrado por la liga en lugar de uno de los equipos.

El rumor del equipo de desarrollo llegan en la semana que Brooklyn Nets estará jugando dos juegos de su temporada regular. Este jueves se enfrentan a Oklahoma City y el sábado a Miami Heat. Toda la semana se han hecho actividades de promoción que incluyen clínicas con jóvenes.

Fuente: https://laopinion.com/[:]

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