The NBA announced on Tuesday that the Jazz, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic will all play regular season games in Mexico City this winter.
Following the conclusion of the NBA Mexico City Games 2020, the league will have played 32 games in Mexico since 1992. In addition to those relatively recent trips to London and Mexico City, the team also played exhibition games in Rio de Janeiro.
It will hurt to sacrifice a few home games in Orlando, but it is also a chance for a bit more global exposure for the Magic and some national exposure too.
"The Utah Jazz are excited to play in Mexico City and are proud to represent our fans and the National Basketball Association on a global stage", Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement. 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.
The games that the Magic play in Mexico City will be considered home games, which means the team will only be playing 39 games inside Orlando's Amway Center this season.
The Magic have not had a regular game on ESPN in quite some time.
That is all well and good. Not to mention having several young players still trying to find their way. According to K.C. Johnson from the Chicago Tribune, the tentative opening for the Bulls regular season schedule has Bulls playing the 76ers on October 18, with a home opener against the Hornets two days later. The NBA regular season schedule is expected to be released by the end of this week. "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". Season ticket holders will be reimbursed the price of those two games. It will be interesting to see how these games fit into the larger schedule.