'Los Suns' Jerseys Honor League's Latin Heritage
The Phoenix Suns will join six other NBA teams in honoring the league’s Latin heritage by participating in the league’s seventh annual Noche Latina (Latin Night) program of 16 games, seven of which will air on national television on ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV. The Suns will wear their “Los Suns” uniforms on March 9 when they host the Houston Rockets at US Airways Center. These commemorative games celebrate the growing support of NBA fans and players across Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities and feature special telecasts and in-arena festivities, including distinctive NBA team uniforms.
This year, Noche Latina celebrations will begin on March 2 and take place in Los Angeles (Lakers), Miami (Heat), Orlando (Magic), Phoenix (Suns), San Antonio (Spurs), Chicago (Bulls), and New York (Knicks).
“The Noche Latina program is the perfect example of the NBA’s ongoing commitment to celebrate diversity as part of the fabric of our game,” said NBA Vice President of Multicultural Marketing Saskia Sorrosa. “This month long celebration will bring the excitement of the NBA to Hispanic fans in ways that are culturally relevant.”
To further honor Hispanic fans and players during Noche Latina games, participating teams will host in-arena Latin-themed activities including musical performances and giveaways. As the league’s marquee program under the éne•bé•a platform, Noche Latina events will also be supported with television and radio advertising on both English- and Spanish-language media across the country as well as on the league’s Spanish-language Web site, enebea.com, and social media pages.
Launched during the 2006-07 NBA season, Noche Latina features adidas-designed uniforms that display team names as spoken by the bicultural, bilingual Latino population and Spanish-language TV and radio announcers. The Miami Heat, for example, is “El Heat,” and the San Antonio Spurs are referred to as “Los Spurs.”
Noche Latina merchandise, including game jerseys produced by adidas, will be available at NBAStore.com, the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and at in-arena stores for participating teams.
éne•bé•a (eh-nay-bay-ah) is part of a comprehensive initiative to grow the game of basketball throughout the expanding U.S. Hispanic market. The NBA brings initiatives focused exclusively on Hispanic fans under a platform that includes media, events, grassroots, and merchandising programs. Sixteen percent of the NBA’s total fanbase is Hispanic. Six U.S.-born Latino players and 19 players from Spain and Latin America are on 2012-13 season rosters. The NBA has played 27 preseason games and one regular-season game in Latin America.