Mason Plumlee thinks it’s time for the NBA to have a franchise in Mexico
Plumlee made the case in his own blog and explained how the league and everyone else can benefit from this:
It’s time for the NBA to take the next step in its international expansion and bring the NBA to Mexico City. Not for an occasional game. Not for a G-League franchise. But for the full NBA experience. Give tens of millions of fans a rooting interest. Create new opportunities for our players and the local economy. Make a global statement.
The NBA has become such a global brand anf its popularity on the international stage is at an all-time highe. Expanding and creating an official team in Mexico will further help the league grow.
The NBA expanded outside of the U.S. in 1995, but toward the north with the creation of two teams in Canada: the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors. While the Grizzlies eventually folded in Vancouver and moved to Memphis, the Raptors have created a huge following over the years.
That huge following turned into a country-wide movement with the Raptors’ magnificent playoff run this season that saw them cap it off with their franchise’s first NBA championship.
With the success that the Raptors have – as demonstrated by their title and their massive fanbase – it’s not far-fetched to think that another expansion outside the U.S. could bring wonders to the game globally.
Mexico City has had its fair share of NBA games and exhibitions throughout the years. There’s no doubting that they’re going to have a raucous homecourt advantage given how crazy of a basketball city they are. Giving them their own permanent team would not only benefit the city, but all parties involved as well.