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NBA plan to have more global games - commissioner

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 00:55

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league is considering to increase the number of regular season games overseas.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 12, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NBA COMMISSIONER, ADAM SILVER, SAYING: "The answer is yes we hope to increase the number of international games that we play. We don't have any specific plans in place yet. It's a function of the quality of the arenas, in the market of course you have some great arenas now in Turkey and quality and question of the amount of interest in those markets as well." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NBA COMMISSIONER, ADAM SILVER, SAYING: "Also, from an international standpoint we hit a new milestone this season and that is that 25 percent of current NBA players were born outside of the United States. 113 of our players were born outside of the United States and roughly half those players, 61 of our international players were born here in Europe. So, Europe continues to be hotbed for basketball and you'll see again on the floor tonight some of the best European players." STORY: The NBA will consider increasing the number of international games played in the competition, according to NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Speaking before the Indiana Pacers take on the Denver Nuggets at London's O2 arena on Thursday (January 12), Silver said factors including improved stadiums are pushing the NBA to consider more games outside of the United States during the regular season. "The answer is yes we hope to increase the number of international games that we play. We don't have any specific plans in place yet. It's a function of the quality of the arenas, in the market of course you have some great arenas now in Turkey and quality and question of the amount of interest in those markets as well," he said. "From an international standpoint we hit a new milestone this season and that is that 25 percent of current NBA players were born outside of the United States. 113 of our players were born outside of the United States and roughly half those players, 61 of our international players were born here in Europe. So, Europe continues to be hotbed for basketball and you'll see again on the floor tonight some of the best European players."

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NBA plan to have more global games - commissioner

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 00:55