As the NBA continues to expand its brand beyond the American borders, the idea of Mexico City becoming a host city has picked up traction.
While that might still be ways away, a recent comment from an executive within the Association suggests that Mexico’s capital city will have its own G-League team here within the next two years.
“We are moving forward, but it is not easy because it will be the first time we will have a team from a great American League outside the United States and Canada,” Senior Vice President & Managing Director, NBA Latin America, Arnon de Mello said, via the Mexicanist. “We are working to achieve it, we do not know if it will be for the next season, although that is the goal.”
Adam Silver was just over in Mexico for the annual games across the southern border. He indicated that a G-League team in the nation was a distinct possibility.
There would obviously be some logistical concerns here. First off, any NBA “minor league affiliate” in Mexico City would have to exist in the southern part of the United States.
Secondly, relations between the United States and Mexico are not necessarily at an all-time high. How that might impact this possibility remains to be seen.
Even then, it certainly is a rather interesting scenario to look at. And as the NBA continues to re-brand itself to a world-wide audience, Mexico would be the next logical step.