No NBA Games Are Being Played Tuesday for Election Day
NBA fan will not see any games on Tuesday because the league decided to take Tuesday off in order encourage civic engagement and voter participation on Election Day.
The NBA announced the decision prior to the start of the 2022-23 season, encouraging fans to “make a plan to vote during midterm elections” on Nov. 8. The league also announced that it would produce content focusing on voting and share resources from voting organizations to educate fans about civic engagement.
Franchises distributed localized voter resources via team social media accounts throughout Tuesday.
The scheduling move was a rare one for the NBA, which hosted at least three games on each Election Day between 2012 and ’18, including eight matchups in ’14. However, James Cadogan, executive director of the NBA Social Justice Coalition, said the decision was made to help people understand that “voting is unlike anything else.”
Without any games on Election Day, the NBA put together a full slate of action on Monday with all 30 teams taking to the court. The league staggered the start of each game by 15 minutes, allowing viewers to catch at least a portion of each matchup.
Additionally, players around the NBA wore wore specialized warm-up shirts on Monday that read “VOTE” on the front.
After taking the day off on Election Day, the NBA will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with 13 games set to be played.
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