To respect the U.S. elections, the National Basketball Association has decided not to schedule games on November 8, election day.
According to reports, the league will have all 30 teams in action the night before during “civic engagement night” and encourages teams to use the night back to remind fans to vote.
“The scheduling decision came out of the NBA family’s focus on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote during midterm elections,” the NBA said in a press statement on Tuesday.
James Cadogan, the Executive Director of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, said the NBA has high respect for our electoral process.
The NBA today announced that no games will be played on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
The scheduling decision came out of the NBA family’s focus on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote during midterm elections. https://t.co/nFiEHlws0Q
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) August 16, 2022
“Voting and Election Day are unique and very important to our democracy,” Cadogan said.
It can be recalled that during the past elections, some teams turned their arenas into registration and voting locations, partly because players staged a walkout during the 2020 “bubble” after several police shootings of people of color, particularly Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.