Joint NBA and NBPA statement confirms resumption of playoffs | Canada


FLORIDA, August 28, 2020 – NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today issued the following joint statement:“We had a frank, passionate and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and governors regarding the next steps to deepen our collective efforts and actions for social justice and racial equality.

“Among others, the participants included representatives of the players and teams of the 13 Orlando teams. All parties have agreed to resume the NBA playoff games on Saturday, August 29, with the understanding that the league, along with the players, will endeavor to meet the following commitments:

The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a Coalition for Social Justice, with player representatives, coaches and governors, which will focus on a wide range of issues, including improving access to voting, promoting civic engagement and advocating for meaningful policing. and criminal justice reform.

In each city where the league franchise owns and controls arena ownership, team governors will continue to work with local election officials to convert the facility into a polling location for the 2020 general election to to enable a secure in-person voting option for vulnerable communities. to COVID. If a deadline is passed, team governors will work with local election officials to find other election-related use for the facility, including, but not limited to, voter registration and signs. of receipt of ballots.

The league will work with players and our network partners to create and include commercials in every NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness of access. and the opportunities of voters.

“These commitments follow months of close collaboration around designing a safe and healthy environment to jumpstart the NBA season, providing a platform to promote social justice, as well as the creation of an NBA Foundation focused on economic empowerment in the black community.

“We look forward to the resumption of the playoffs and continuing to work together – in Orlando and in all NBA team markets – to push for meaningful and lasting change. “


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