Basketball: Boston Celtics to face Philadelphia 76ers at O2 Arena in London

On the Beat | Sixers Tapped to Represent League Abroad

On the Beat | Sixers Tapped to Represent League Abroad

According to Keith Smith of RealGM, the Philadelphia 76ers are set to take on the Boston Celtics in London this upcoming season.

There are certainly other and probably better reasons to have the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers represent the National Basketball Association for a game in London, but why not get the rivalry of next generation between Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum in on the action. Philadelphia played a preseason game against Oklahoma in Manchester in 2013.

The C's and the Philadelphia 76ers will face off in next season's NBA London Game, the league announced Thursday.

Since 2011, NBA fans in the United Kingdom have had the chance to see the world's best basketball players in action.

Since then, London has very much become the epicenter of the NBA's global push.

The 76ers will open the 2017-18 season October 18 in Washington against the Wizards in an ESPN game.

The Sixers have close ties to professional sports in London.

But fans who have already purchased season tickets and are wondering what this means for them, don't fret; the Sixers have a plan. Managing general partner Josh Harris and co-managing general partner David Blitzer co-own Crystal Palace F.C. of the EPL. They will not be charged for this game and it will be removed from their plan statements in January.

There have been games played in England, China, and Mexico over the last decade. "We are a young, hungry team, and we will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January".

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