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NBA to conduct preseason game in South Africa

Aug 5, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT


The NBA’s preseason schedule (and a little of the regular season) is starting to come out, but the NBA added one more stop on its global tour for this coming season.

South Africa.

The NBA made it official while in that nation, reports the Associated Press.

Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum made the announcement Tuesday in Johannesburg, where the NBA is holding a Basketball without Borders camp. He said all proceeds will go to charity and that becoming the first U.S. professional league to play a game on the continent is “just an evolution of our commitment to continuing to bring basketball to the continent of Africa.”

“I think that’s a pretty big deal,” Tatum said.

It is. Of course, there are a few details not made public yet, such as what teams, when, and what charities are going to benefit. Okay, more than a few, although you can bet the NBA has this pretty well figured out and is just hammering out the details.

The NBA’s globalization efforts are not going to slow down with David Stern out of the commissioner’s chair — the owners are about making money and there is a lot of it to be made with the NBA being the global leader of basketball. They’re good with it so long as they are the ones profiting.

  1. asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Is there a lot of money to be made in Africa?

    • antistratfordian - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      They wanna mark all over its tatum

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:51 AM

      Is that a rhetorical question?

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Well, I didn’t mean it in a rude or demeaning way, but it isn’t like there is very many countries in Africa with strong economies, and most of the money is in resources. What kind of money is there for the NBA to make in Africa at this point?

  2. blaxmyth - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Way to go NBA. I am liking this here fellow Adam Silver. He’s got a nice touch. I shall be waiting for my long lost NBA brethren when they hit the Motherland. Long Live South Africa Long Live! Mandela would have been proud of Silver.

  3. seanb20124 - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    What about that ebola thing in Africa

  4. themagicfanguy - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Ebola stuff is going down in West Africa mostly, not South Africa. It’s a big place.

    • blaxmyth - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Africa is an entire continent. West Africa is a region. South Africa is a country. School is out. Thank you kindly for your attention.

  5. djshnooks - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Lots of money to be made in S. Africa.

    Look at the place, it’s beautiful.

  6. azarkhan - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Just for fun, be sure to hire the fake sign language interpreter.

  7. bostonfrogs - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    They’re going to play Sun City?

    • blaxmyth - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      They’re probably going to play in Johannesburg…

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