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NBA Preseason Game Continues in Beijing

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Basketball, Business, Government

Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks - the NBA 2008 preseason game in Beijing

Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks - the NBA 2008 preseason game in Beijing

According to the National Basketball Association, a preseason game between Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers will be staged at Beijing Wukesong Arena on Oct.11, a third preseason game in China’s capital after 2004 and 2008.

“The Wukesong Arena is an outstanding facility that we are proud to call the home of the NBA in Beijing,” Tim Chen, CEO of NBA China was quoted as saying. “We are honored to return to play our third game in Beijing and are looking forward to providing a great game between the Nuggets and Pacers in October to our avid fans.”

Due to an Olympic hangover and a lack of star players, the 2008 game only enjoyed an attendance of less than 50 percent. With all star players like Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, this year’s game will definitely attract more fans than last year’s.

The two teams will also bring the first-ever preseason game to Taipei on Oct.8, and the tickets have already sold out.

That the NBA games have been broadcast in China for 15 years is considered as a main reason by some as to why Chinese are not interested in the country’s own basketball league, the CBA. Today a well-resourced NYT article looks into how the CBA is digging their own grave.

Links and Sources:

  • NBA: Nuggets, Pacers to play preseason game in Bejing (h/t @ChinaBasketball)
  • Legal Evening News: NBA preseason game cold-shouldered in Beijing (Chinese)
  • New York Times: In China, a Rocky Ascent for Basketball


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