The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced an exciting event for basketball enthusiasts worldwide – The NBA Paris Game 2024. The much-anticipated game will feature the Brooklyn Nets facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking place at the prestigious Accor Arena in Paris on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.
For the Brooklyn Nets, this will be their second appearance in the City of Lights, having previously played a preseason game in Paris back in 2008. The team boasts a star-studded roster, including 2021-22 Kia NBA All-Defensive First Team member and 2023 USA Basketball Men’s National Team player Mikal Bridges, along with 2023 USA Basketball Men’s National Team member Cam Johnson and three-time NBA All-Star Ben Simmons. With five consecutive playoff appearances, the Nets are eager to make a statement on an international stage.
On the other side, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be making their debut in Europe with this historic game. Led by four-time NBA All-Star Donovan Mitchell, the team also features 2022 NBA All-Stars Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland, along with 2022-23 Kia NBA All-Defensive First Team member Evan Mobley. The Cavaliers have a rich history, winning their first NBA championship in 2016 and making four consecutive NBA Finals appearances from 2015 to 2018.
Fans from around the globe will have the opportunity to witness this thrilling encounter, as The NBA Paris Game 2024 will be broadcasted live on beIN SPORTS and NBA League Pass. The NBA’s premium live game subscription service on the NBA App will reach fans in over 200 countries and territories, bringing the excitement of the game to television, digital media, and social media platforms.
Apart from the game itself, the NBA and its partners have planned an array of interactive fan activities, community outreach initiatives through NBA Cares, and Jr. NBA youth basketball development programming to immerse the French capital in the NBA experience.
A roster of marketing partners, including Foot Locker, La Française des Jeux, Nike, and Tissot, will support the game and surrounding events, with additional partners set to be announced in the coming months.
Tickets for The NBA Paris Game 2024 will be available for sale at a later date. Fans can register their interest in tickets and gain access to presale information by visiting NBAEvents.com/ParisGame. NBA ID members will enjoy priority access to the pre-sale. Special ticket packages offering premium access, VIP experiences, hospitality, and local hotel accommodations can be purchased at nbaexperiences.com.
France holds a special place in the heart of the NBA, producing more NBA players than any other country outside North America. The country’s love for basketball is evident through live NBA games and programming aired on beIN SPORTS and NBA League Pass. Last season alone, 45 weekend games were showcased during the league’s “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays” European primetime initiative.
For French fans, NBA information is readily available on NBA.com/France, the official online destination for French fans hosted on beINSports.com, along with NBA France on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additionally, NBA merchandise can be purchased at the NBA Store in Paris and NBAStore.eu.
The NBA Paris Game 2024 promises to be a momentous event, showcasing the best of basketball and strengthening the global appeal of the sport. With teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing their A-game to the City of Lights, fans can anticipate an unforgettable basketball spectacle in one of the world’s most enchanting cities.
Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks expressed, “We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete in The NBA Paris Game 2024 and bring Nets basketball to an international stage. Our players and coaches will benefit greatly from the experience of immersing themselves in Paris’s rich culture off the court.”
Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman stated, “We are extremely honored as an organization to showcase the Cleveland Cavaliers in Paris. This unique opportunity will provide our players, coaches, staff, and families an experience into a different culture, all while creating memories both on and off the court that will last a lifetime. We also recognize the universal appeal basketball inspires and we take great pride in our stewardship of the game. As proud representatives of the city of Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio, we look forward to establishing a personal level of engagement with our fans overseas, as well as partnering with the NBA in our collective effort to elevate basketball on the international stage.”
NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum expressed delight, saying, “We’re thrilled to be bringing the live NBA experience back to Paris with two exciting teams in the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This game has become a destination for our passionate fans across Europe and will build on the incredible momentum around basketball and the NBA in France and throughout the region.”
Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and river Seine, Pierre Rabadan, conveyed, “The City of Paris is delighted to host another thrilling NBA regular-season game and extend a warm welcome to two remarkable teams, the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Our love and passion for the sport of basketball drive us to provide an unforgettable experience for players and fans alike. Paris has always been a special place for basketball and continues to be, as its rich culture steadily thrives and spreads within the city.”