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How are the NBA teams that come to play in Mexico chosen?

ANDhe Vice President and General Director of NBA Mexico, Raúl Zárraga, explained how the US league chooses the teams that play international matche


ANDhe Vice President and General Director of NBA Mexico, Raúl Zárraga, explained how the US league chooses the teams that play international matches preseason or regular season in Mexico and around the world, after it was announced that the The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat will meet on Saturday, December 17 at the Mexico City Arena.

San Antonio is now celebrating its 50th anniversary (of foundation), since this opportunity began to be glimpsed San Antonio said ‘I want to be in Mexico, I want to celebrate my 50th anniversary with a place where I have already played six times since 2019 ‘. So for them, who have five million fans in Mexico and are also interested in the fans going to watch their games, San Antonio raised his hand, there are others who raised their hands, there is a whole process to choose which one makes the most sense for each of the countries and then the important thing is also to see the team they play against“, he pointed out in a meeting with the media at the offices of NBA Mexico.

Zarraga stressed that An important part of the process is the interest that the teams have in the Hispanic market, For this reason, teams that border the border are given higher priority to come to Mexico in this case.

“Then depending on the interest of the teams, the Hispanic market is very important for San Antonio, that’s why we often focus on the teams that are on the border, whether from the East or the West, because Miami also does not say how important the Hispanic market is for them”.

Furthermore, the manager He pointed out that it is difficult to bring a team just because of the interest that a player can arouse, since the market changes quickly, as happened with the Mexican Juan Toscano-Anderson, who left the Warrios to wear the Los Angeles Lakers jersey this season.

“I know, the Bulls already came in their time. The fact of bringing the team for the player is a bit complex because maybe I told you that I closed the Warriors to bring him and it turns out that Tsocano has already gone to the Lakers. So we focus on the interests of the teams, to promote their priorities, their interests, in this case of the Spurs and also in the global demand of the games that they ask us and of the teams in particular that they ask us of each one”.

It will be the seventh game for the Spurs in Mexico, in a story that began in 1994, and it will be his third regular season. Miami returns after playing one regular season game in 2017.