To encourage fans to vote and to promote nonpartisan civic involvement, the NBA announced on Tuesday that it would not host any games on November 8.
The league declared that during the next months, its teams would offer details on voting methods and registration dates for their respective states.
On Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, the NBA will unveil its complete regular-season schedule.
The scheduling decision was made because the NBA family is committed to promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
Elections for all 435 U.S. House seats, more than 30 U.S. Senate seats, and gubernatorial races will all take place on November 8.
It’s peculiar. James Cadogan, the executive director of the NBA’s social justice alliance, said to NBC, which broke the news of the league’s altered schedule for Election Day
The NCAA men’s basketball championship game is commonly played on the first Monday in April, therefore the conference typically avoids scheduling games on that day as well as on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
The NBA and its players aggressively backed several political causes in 2020, especially in response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Several sportsmen, including LeBron James, took part in voter registration drives and other election-related efforts.
On the night of the 2014 midterm elections, 16 teams competed, while 12 teams did the same in 2016. After Election Day, COVID put off the commencement of the 2020 campaign.