Stern: North American Expansion Unlikely
Asked whether the NBA had plans to add any teams, (David) Stern ruled out any new North American franchises.
“I just don’t see a North American addition,” he said. “We’re at 30, and we’ve got teams that we are working hard on to keep in their cities, to make strong through revenue sharing in our system, to grow their value, their fan base and the like.”
Stern then mentioned the possibility, raised in previous years, of an expansion to Europe, before passing the microphone to (Adam) Silver.
“We’ll see,” Silver said, with a smile that indicated you shouldn’t hold your breath.
Rather than expanding, Stern and Silver mentioned plans to increase exhibitions and regular season games to be played internationally. No definitive plans were set, but both London and Shanghai were mentioned as possible destinations. London was previously scheduled to host two NBA games before the lockout schedule killed those plans.