Of the American major sports leagues, the NBA is the most international by far. One hundred eight players from 42 countries made an opening night roster in the 2018-19 season. The NBA plays preseason games in China, played two regular season games in Mexico earlier this season, and will host preseason games in India next year.
The Wizards are playing in London, the capital of the United Kingdom on January 17 when they play the Knicks. The NBA has been quite open about its desire to play more games in Europe, partly because the quality of basketball in many countries is very good and it’s the most popular sport after soccer in many countries.
In 2016, I wrote about the topic of European expansion in the NBA during the summer and self-selected cities, each in a different country. In addition to London in the UK, I picked Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; and Paris, France as the six best cities for a European NBA division.
We are still years away from seeing such a division come to life. But in the meantime, there will be more NBA regular season games played abroad. The Wizards will be in the UK this season and get to showcase their talents, hopefully in a good way. So my question is this: Would you like to see the Wizards play more games in other countries, whether it is the UK, Mexico, or any other country outside of the USA and Canada?
Of course, I’m not asking for the Wizards to play all their games in Europe and Asia or relocate there. But if the Wizards did play one or two games a year abroad, it is another way for them to expand their global reach as a team and gain fans abroad.