The NBA will be on leave during the US election.
Posted at 11:28
The circuit’s 30 teams will be in action on November 7, the day before the midterm elections. The NBA hopes teams will use the evening to encourage fans to vote, as well as reinvigorate civic engagement.
But on November 8, election day, no NBA games will be scheduled. Teams are encouraged to share information about the election — such as the registration deadline — with their supporters in the weeks leading up to November 8.
« The decision was made in connection with the desire of the extended NBA family to promote civil engagement without partisanship and to encourage fans to vote in the midterm elections, » the league said Tuesday.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be at stake on Nov. 8, along with more than 30 Senate seats and numerous gubernatorial races.
The NBA and its players were heavily involved ahead of the 2020 election, including in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, which reignited quests to eliminate racial inequality and police brutality.
Several players, including LeBron James, have participated in election registration drives or similar initiatives. Some teams have transformed their arena into a registration center or a polling station.
The full NBA schedule for the 2022-23 season will be released on Wednesday.