The NBA announced on Tuesday that the Jazz, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic will all play regular season games in Mexico City this winter.
The NBA also announced a new deal with Zignia Live that will secure two regular-season games a season at Mexico City Arena for each of the next three campaigns.
The NBA's continued efforts to expand the game globally have led them to playing regular season games in Mexico and England in recent years, and that won't be any different in 2018-19.More news: Turkey on the Economic Brink, Explained in a Dozen Charts
In all, the league has played 26 games in Mexico since 1992, the most in any country outside of the United States and Canada.
The Magic will play the Bulls on December 13, a Thursday, before playing the Jazz on December 15.
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.More news: Ryanair pilot strike leaves 55,000 travellers stranded across Europe
But this is the most important worldwide (excluding the team's annual trips to Canada) Jazz game ever, a regular season matchup that will count in the real standings, not the exhibition ones. The last time the team played a game internationally was an exhibition game on October 12, 2013 against the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro. Season ticket holders will be reimbursed the price of those two games. We can now include a more extensive relationship with Mexico.
The Magic and the National Basketball Association should release the rest of the schedule in the coming weeks. While our home town is Chicago, the Bulls are fortunate to have fans around the world and we are excited to take our team on the road and help bring the NBA-game experience to Mexico City.
It will be the fourth time the Jazz plays in Mexico, the first time in 15 years. The NBA has established a major global presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.More news: Questions being raised about impact of West Nile Virus in Belmont County