Magic will host Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December

Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

The Orlando Magic will play the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in National Basketball Association regular-season games in December in Mexico City, the league announced on Tuesday (Aug 8).

The Orlando Magic will face off against the Chicago Bulls on December 13 before taking on the Utah Jazz two days later on December 15.

"Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America", NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. The game will be broadcast live by ESPN.

"Having played in England twice, Japan, China, Mexico and Brazil, the Orlando Magic are always honored to participate in the NBA's Global Games and look forward to again representing the Central Florida community and the NBA", Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a press release. The first is a matchup between the Magic and the Chicago Bulls, and the second game is a matchup between the Magic and the Utah Jazz.

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.

The Bulls are playing their first-ever regular-season game outside of the United States and Canada. A 2013 game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was postponed due to smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena, the result of a fire in the building. Season ticket holders will be reimbursed the price of those two games. The NBA regular season schedule is expected to be released by the end of this week. Now the Bulls will get their chance to experience the city as a host for one of their games. Both of the Brooklyn Nets' games in Mexico City past year against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat aired on ESPN.

Orlando has long had interest in playing games internationally.

Kudos to the league for making the right moves and doing so with the right team.

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