Most popular sports teams nearby: Club América, Cruz Azul
Major industries:Construction, iron and steel production
Bottom line:Mexico seems like the next destination for the NBA after successfully establishing a team in Canada. Adam Silver has talked about wanting to put a G-League team south of the border first, and Mexico City has hosted regular-season games every year since 2014.
With more people in Mexico City than New York City and Atlanta combined, filling the seats won’t be an issue, and basketball already has eclipsed every other sport in the city except soccer.
The biggest issue keeping a team from Mexico City is not that it's a new country but might be the altitude. Players often complain about the thin air of Denver, and Mexico City sits at 7,000 feet above sea level, which is 2,000 feet higher than Denver.
On the other hand, that would provide a true home-court advantage for Mexico City.