The NBA and the players’ union agreed to resume playoff games on Saturday after the two sides agreed to promulgate commitments in the name of social justice and voting awareness.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts released a joint statement on the matter, along with the list of agreed steps to support social justice issues.
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“The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a coalition for social justice, with player representatives, coaches and governors, which will focus on a wide range of issues, including improving access voting, promoting civic engagement and advocating for police and criminal justice reform, ”the statement said.
Teams will seek to use their arenas as polling places.
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“In every city where the league franchise owns and controls arena ownership, team governors will continue to work with local election officials to convert the facility into a polling location for the 2020 general election to to enable a secure in-person voting option for communities. vulnerable to COVID. If a deadline is passed, team governors will work with local election officials to find other election-related use for the facility, including, but not limited to, voter registration and signs. of receipt of ballots.
“The league will work with players and our network partners to create and include commercials in every NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness of the voter access and opportunities.
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The league essentially closed earlier in the week after the Milwaukee Bucks declined to speak for their game against the Orlando Magic following Jacob Blake’s shot. The NBA went on to postpone several other games throughout the week.