Report: NBA to Play Preseason Games in Japan, India, China Next Season

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 7, 2018

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The NBA's global expansion will continue in the 2019-20 season when the league will reportedly host preseason games in three different countries. 

Per ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon, China, India and Japan will be granted hosting duties. 

MacMahon noted the Sacramento Kings will likely be one of the teams that plays in India since their owner, Vivek Ranadive, is from the country. 

The NBA scheduled two preseason games between the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers in China this season. The Sixers won the first meeting, 120-114, on Friday. The second game will be played Monday. 

In addition to preseason contests set to take place outside the United States and Canada, the NBA has given Mexico and London rights to host regular-season matchups. 

The NBA Global Games series has been an annual part of the league's regular-season schedule since 2013. The last country other than England, Mexico or China to host any game—preseason or regular season—was Brazil in October 2014.