Stern promises NBA preseason games in Brazil
David Stern is promising Brazilian fans they will soon have the
chance to watch NBA players in action in their own country.
The NBA commissioner said during a news conference Wednesday
that preseason games will be held in Brazil ”likely prior to the
2014 World Cup”, when Brazil will organize the showcase soccer
”My backup position is prior to the Olympics,” Stern said of
the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. ”We are well aware of the World
Cup and Olympic expectations. And we expect to be following up on
that opportunity relatively shortly.”
Stern was speaking ahead of a preseason game between the New
York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves in Paris. He also said
the NBA would soon open an office in Brazil.
The NBA has been playing exhibition games in London and Paris
for several years and has expanded its European presence with the
first regular-season games scheduled for March in London. There
will also be exhibitions in China and Mexico in October.
The NBA has taken notice of the travel alert issued last week by
the U.S. government warning of potential terror threats in Europe,
”We have taken all the steps that we think are necessary to
ensure the safety of the traveling parties that we have here in
Europe,” Stern said. ”But we didn’t go into lockdown mode. In
other words, we let them enjoy the cities under our watchful
Stern said he met with French basketball officials to discuss
the possibility of staging a WNBA game in France.
”This appears to be a really good market for women’s
basketball, perhaps the best,” Stern said.