The NBA announced Tuesday that no games will be scheduled on Election Day on Nov. 8, 2022, in line with the league’s “focus on promoting civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote during midterm elections.”
“Over the next few months, teams will distribute information on their state’s voting process and voter registration deadlines and are encouraging everyone to communicate this information with families and friends to ensure they all have a plan,” the NBA said.
More Than A Vote, a nonprofit co-founded by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, called for the NBA and other leagues to use arenas or team facilities as voting centers during the 2020 election cycle.
In 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts issued a joint statement saying games would resume after the two sides struck a deal to address the players’ concerns.
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