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NBA Will Turn Arenas Into Voting Locations in November, Playoff Games to Resume

NBA Will Turn Arenas Into Voting Locations in November, Playoff Games to Resume

The NBA has reached an agreement with the players union to resume playoff games this weekend and part of the deal was turning basketball arenas into voting locations this November!

There was a three-day pause in games this week while players protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.

“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality,” National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando. All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments.”

Among the commitments are to create a social justice coalition with the NBA and its players, to promote civic engagement via advertising spots in each playoff game, and finally to turn arenas into voting locations this November.

Click inside for more details on each commitment…

See more details on each commitment below

  1. The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
  2. In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID. If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility, including but not limited to voter registration and ballot receiving boards.
  3. The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.

Learn more about the start of the NBA games being postponed.

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