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SBD Global/March 6, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NBA Will Play Eight Preseason Games In Six Countries This October

The NBA will play eight preseason games in six countries this October. The games will include the first NBA preseason games to be held in Brazil and the Philippines, and in the cities of Bilbao, Spain and Manchester, England. Additionally, the NBA global games will feature a variety of events off the court, including NBA Cares community outreach activities and interactive fan events in each city. They will also be supported by a variety of marketing and promotional partners, and will be available to fans on TV and through digital media (NBA).

THUNDER IN MANCHESTER: In London, David Kent reported the NBA will return to England when the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers meet at Manchester Arena on Oct. 8. It "follows the success" of January's preseason fixture between the N.Y. Knicks and Detroit Pistons at a sold-out O2 in London (DAILY MAIL, 3/5).

LINSANITY IN PHILIPPINES: In Manila, Josef T. Ramos reported Filipinos will "have a chance to see in person" NBA player Jeremy Lin when the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers play a preseason game on Oct. 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City (MANILA TIMES, 3/5).
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