NBA Hears London Calling Again

March 25, 2009: London has become a mecca of international sports, and the NBA said it would return to the city that will host the 2012 Olympics to play a preseason game there for the fourth consecutive year. The game at The O2 Arena will see the Chicago Bulls face the Utah Jazz on Oct. 6 as part of the NBA EA Sports Europe Live Tour. More games will be unveiled. Last year, four teams - the Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards - played preseason games in London, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. NBA commissioner David Stern has said that the league is working to schedule regular season games in London to coincide with the 2012 Summer Games, during which many of the league's top players are expected to participate. The NBA said it has nearly 80 international players on its rosters. The NBA also played preseason games in London in 2006 and 2007. The NFL's International Series will have a regular season game at London's Wembley Stadium in October for the third consecutive year. "For the last three years through NBA Europe Live, I have been able to witness first-hand, the passion and excitement of basketball fans in Europe." Stern said in a statement. "This year will be no different when two franchises rich in tradition and success, the Bulls and the Jazz, play at The O2. The continued efforts of Euroleague Basketball and EA Sports, together with the ongoing support of England Basketball, British Basketball and the British Basketball League, are a testament to the commitment to grow basketball in the U.K." Back to Home Page