TORONTO – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the seventh NBA Canada Series presented by Bell will feature the LA Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks playing a 2019 preseason game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The Clippers will take on Toronto native Dwight Powell and the Mavericks in the fifth preseason game played in Vancouver as part of NBA Canada Series presented by Bell. The game will also mark the Clippers’ second appearance in NBA Canada Series presented by Bell and the first appearance for the Mavericks. Approximately a quarter of a million Canadians have attended 13 games in five cities since NBA Canada Series presented by Bell launched in 2012.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 25. Fans in Canada are encouraged to register for exclusive presale ticket access at NBA.com/CanadaSeries.
NBA Canada Series presented by Bell will feature fan events, NBA legend appearances and an NBA Cares program in Vancouver. In addition to presenting partner Bell, supporting partners include Miller Genuine Draft, Nike and Tangerine.
At the 2019 NBA Awards, the Clippers’ Lou Williams won the Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the third time in his career. The Mavericks’ Luka Dončić was named Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, following a standout season that saw him record the third-most triple-doubles by a rookie in NBA history (eight).
The 2018-19 NBA regular season set new records in Canada for broadcast viewership, merchandise sales, national partnerships and activations. The 2019 NBA Finals, which saw the Toronto Raptors win the first NBA Championship outside of the U.S., saw 56% of the Canadian population watch part of the six-game series.
Executive and Player Quotes:
NBA Canada Managing Director Dan MacKenzie:
“Following an historic NBA season in Canada, we’re thrilled to return to Vancouver for the 2019/20 preseason. We’re proud to partner with Bell to bring another tremendous match-up to Canadian basketball fans, and special thanks to the Clippers and the Mavericks for joining us at Rogers Arena this fall.”
Bell Canada Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Loring Phinney:
“We couldn’t be more excited to once again join forces with the NBA to kick off the preseason in Vancouver. As a proud NBA partner, Bell looks forward to bringing Canadian basketball fans another spectacular season in 2019/20.”
Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle:
“We are thrilled to be a part of the NBA Canada Series for the first time. Vancouver is a very special city and we look forward to playing in front of their great fans again.”
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The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.