The EuroLeague American Tour is a series of games organized since 2009. Its purpose is for EuroLeague and sometimes 2nd-tier level EuroCup teams to play against National Basketball Association teams, thereby promoting the game of basketball globally. The games of the EuroLeague American Tour are played by NBA rules.
The EuroLeague American Tour continues a tradition of friendly competition between NBA and EuroLeague teams that dates back to 1978, when Maccabi Tel Aviv played the Washington Bullets in Tel Aviv, Israel. Combined with the NBA Global Games, that also regularly present clashes between EuroLeague and NBA squads, they represent an effort to bring two different basketball worlds closer for the greater good of the game.
The first event that took place in 2009 involved Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Partizan Belgrade from the EuroLeague. They played against the San Antonio Spurs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns, losing all four games.
The third edition of the EuroLeague American Tour took place in 2012, involving Real Madrid and Mens Sana Siena against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs.
In 2013, CSKA Moscow traveled to the United States to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. In 2014, Maccabi Tel Aviv played in the USA against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. In 2015, Maccabi Tel Aviv played against Olimpia Milano in New York City and Chicago. That was the first time two European teams met to play against each other in the United States.