The NBA’s Social Justice Coalition announced Tuesday. That no games would played on election day on November 8 to encourage people to vote. The league will officially announce its schedule on Wednesday. But a day earlier revealed its decision not to host the Games on Election Day.
NBA out of Family Attention
It said the decision “came out of the NBA family’s focus on promoting non-partisan civic engagement.” The league said in a statement that it hoped it would encourage fans to plan to vote during the midterm election. will get.
The move was first reported by NBC News.
James Cadogan, executive director of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, told NBC News, “We don’t usually change the schedule of an outdoor event.” The Obama Justice Department alum said, “But voting and Election Day are obvious to our democracy. are incredibly unique and incredibly important.”
The NBA gives all 30 teams a special election-themed
NBC reported that the NBA will see all 30 teams compete on a special election-themed night the day before midterm. Earlier, eight teams played on the day of 2018 mid-term elections. 12 teams had scheduled games in 2016 and 16 teams competed on election day in 2014.
In 2020, NBA teams, in partnership with local governments, converted their empty arenas into polling places on Election Day.
Social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement after the police killings of George Floyd
The NBA’s Social Justice Coalition, which is made up of current players, coaches and team officials, was formed in November 2020 after the league became more involved in social justice issues amid the pandemic. Players and the league have also spoken about social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement following the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd that year.
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