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NBA Bringing Regular Season Games To London

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The NBA is bringing regular season games to London

The NBA made history yesterday when they announced they are bringing two NBA regular season games to London-the first time regular season games will take place in the United Kingdom.

The New Jersey Nets will take on the Toronto Raptors on 4th and 5th March, 2011. NBA Commissioner David Stern sees the games as an important part of helping the growth of basketball in the UK in the run up to London 2012;

“I believe that that is a very important lead in to the 2012 Olympics, because in Beijing, basketball was the hottest ticket. We don’t necessarily expect that to be the case in London, although if things break right with respect to Team Great Britain, I think that there’s a good possibility that basketball will assume a role that folks in the United Kingdom might never have anticipated.”

“So we are very excited about that and we see this as sort of a multi step process, a development of Team GB, the friendlies this autumn and the regular season games in March. We want as much as possible to demonstrate the power and fun of this sport of ours.”

Four NBA Europe Live games have sold out in London, including an upcoming preseason contest between the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota. The league staged its first game in London in 2007.  Tickets go on-sale September 1, 2010.

What do you think?

Excited? Will you be getting tickets?

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