The idea of globalization has been talked about for a while now in colleges and boardrooms across the country. The idea has made its way to the professional sports, particularly the NBA and NFL. The NFL has a harder challenge since American football is nowhere near as popular as basketball around the world, but the NBA still wants to add to their popularity. In an attempt to make the NBA even more beloved and popular worldwide, the league has announced today that eight NBA teams will take part in a global games schedule in six countries this October. Our hometown Bulls will be a big part of the initiative, they will play in the first ever NBA preseason game to be held in Brazil. Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls will play the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro on October 12, 2013.
“Providing fans with an authentic NBA experience is an important part of our efforts to grow the game globally,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “This fall, nearly a third of our teams will embark on a global tour that will celebrate the game of basketball, give our international fans a chance to connect with NBA teams and players, and leave a lasting impact in each of the communities we visit.”
Source: NBA/Chicago Bulls