Orlando Magic will play Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz in Mexico City

Utah Jazz to play first-ever regular season game in Mexico City during 2018-19

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 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 NBA released an official press conference about the games, in which commissioner Adam Silver even commented, "Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America".

"NBA teams have been playing in Mexico for more than 25 years, and the Bulls, Jazz and Magic organizations are excited to continue the tradition of bringing the live game experience to our passionate Mexican fans".

Both games are designated as home games for the Magic.

But this is the most important worldwide (excluding the team's annual trips to Canada) Jazz game ever, a regular season matchup that will count in the real standings, not the exhibition ones.

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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. We can now include a more extensive relationship with Mexico.

Orlando has long had interest in playing games internationally. "So it's a great brand-building opportunity for the Orlando Magic but also for the Amway Corporation".

Silver said past year that the National Basketball Association is considering the possibility of adding a G League franchise in Mexico City.

It will be like playing an extra pair of road games on the schedule. Season ticket holders will be reimbursed the price of those two games.

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. It will be interesting to see how these games fit into the larger schedule.

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