LONDON NBA RETURN NOT YET SIGNED
- Updated: February 26, 2012
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver has confirmed there is no deal yet in place to bring regular season games back to the UK.
However, he admits the league is open to finding teams to cross the Atlantic as soon as next year.
The Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets were due to play in London next month but the two ties were scrapped due to the late start to the current campaign.
Talks have been held with the 02 Arena, Silver said. “Nothing has been signed,” he underlined.
And although a deal to play a pre-season game in Manchester is likely to go ahead in 2013 as part of a three-year deal with the city, the signs are positive that the NBA will be back in the capital.
“We’re working on it,” Silver said. “We had scheduled two regular season games in London which unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the lockout and the shortened schedule.
“But we’re working to bring back regular season games to the beautiful 02 Arena next year and on a regular basis.”
NBA Commissioner David Stern met with FIBA Secretary-General in Orlando this week to discuss several issues including the Olympics – and the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team.
And the occasion will be marked in London this summer.
“We’ve agreed we would have a celebration about the Dream Team in London,” Stern told MVP.