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Exhibition Games in other Cities

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Hey everyone, I am from Montreal and I'm currently watching the Celtics play at our hockey arena. I wanted to know what the point of these events was?

Is NBA testing the market here? Are they just trying to expand their fan base? What is the overall goal of having exhibition games played in cities currently without teams? (MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL etc)

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Those exhibitions were all part of what the league has branded the N.B.A. Global Games: eight preseason and two regular-season games featuring 12 teams in seven countries. Commissioner David Stern said the league’s overseas adventures required an extraordinary amount of planning.

“But they’re our attempt to grow the game,” said Stern, who added that the league was “serious about bringing this sport to the greatest number of people.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/sports/basketball/from-biloxi-to-istanbul-in-global-nba.html?_r=0

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