How to Permanently Set the US-Version of NBA.COM as Your Default by Playing With Your Browser-Cookies

If you are a basketball-fan and you are also currently living outside the US, the behavior of the NBA.com website can be quite a pain. In Germany for instance, it automatically redirects to a German version of the site. And every sports-fan knows how much of a bummer it can be if your local sports reporting is being robbed of its natural language. I, for my part, strongly prefer the US version of nba.com and I know many others who feel the same way. While the site gives you the option to set your default version in the header, it only accepts this setting for seven days. After that week, you’ll be sent right back to Spox.

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Step 1: Set US as your default edition and go to nba.com

The website stores this setting in a cookie. Cookies are files that are saved in your local browser and store information about the user. This particular one stores the information, which version of the NBA-site should be shown to you once you type in nba.com. Whenever a cookie is placed on your local machine, its persistence-time is configured as well. All we have to do is find that cookie and edit its expiration-date.

Step 2: Fire up the developer tools and find that cookie

Open up the Dev-Tools in your browser (F12), navigate to the Application tab and go to Storage > Cookies > http://www.nba.com:

Step 3: Use a Chrome extension to edit the expiration-date of the cookie we just identified

While you can quickly write your own code to manually modify a cookie, it is even easier to use a Chrome extension for this. There are several ones available. I’d recommend Edit This Cookie or Cookie Inspector.

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