With the NBA sending the Knicks and Bucks to London for the league’s annual appearance across the pond, league commissioner Adam Silver was met once again with questions regarding expanding the league abroad. True to form, Silver stated that he believes the NBA will eventually have teams in London, but they are nowhere close to that coming to fruition yet.
It still remains to be seen how that will work because it sounds like a logistical nightmare.
Personally, this has always sounded like a terrible idea and with each passing year that feeling grows. London doesn’t appear to be clamoring for professional basketball. The NBA is clamoring for London to clamor for professional basketball.
“My sense is that the NFL is a little bit ahead of us in terms of their timeline for having a franchise based in London. There are some aspects of their schedule that make it easier – they play once a week, they have fewer games,” said Adam Silver, who took over from David Stern as the commissioner last year.
“It will be easier logistically for them to pull it off. It would be difficult for us to have one team in Europe. We’d have to put both feet down. That would mean having four franchises in Europe.”
He said that the arena infrastructure was improving across Europe with US-style arenas in place or under construction in England, Germany, France and Spain.
“We’re not there yet. I know that as much growth as we’ve seen, we have a long way to go before we can sustain four franchises in Europe,” said Silver, who has worked at the NBA since 1992. “On the other hand, I believe it’s our manifest destiny to expand.”