August 28, 2020
The NBA and the players' union has come to a joint agreement to resume playoff games this weekend and in return basketball arenas will be turned into voting locations this November.
NBA To Resume Playoffs After Jacob Blake Protests And Turn Arenas Into Voting Locations In November Photo AP/ Tim Reynolds
The announcement comes after a three games were paused this week while players protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association released a joint statement Friday announcing that the NBA playoffs will resume Saturday and that the league and its players will work together on several initiatives to promote voting access, combat social injustice and racial inequality, and advocate for police reform.
“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality,” National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando. All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments.”
Michele Roberts is the executive director of the NBPA and the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America.