The NBA and the NBPA released a joint statement Friday detailing when the 2020 playoffs will resume and the actions both sides are taking to promote social justice and voting.
Here are the three initiatives from the official statement that the league and its players are committed to putting in place.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The league and the players also agreed to resume the playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 29. Playoff games scheduled for this past Wednesday and Thursday, as well as today's matchups, were postponed after the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play Game 5 of their first round series versus the Orlando Magic on Wednesday to protest racial injustice. Milwaukee's decision came only a few days after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.