NBA won't play games on Election Day to encourage everyone to vote in midterms

Aug 16, 2022

The NBA won't play any games on Election Day this year in an effort to encourage its players, staff and fans to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022, as well as promote "nonpartisan civic engagement." Teams will instead play games the Monday before during what the league called a "Civic Engagement Night."

It's an unprecedented move for the league, which has played at least two games on Election Days in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the 2020 season until after Election Day in 2020.

"We don't usually change the schedule for an external event," James A. Cadogan, the executive director for the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition told NBC News' Shaquille Brewster on Tuesday. "But voting and Election Day are obviously unique and incredibly important to our democracy and that's part of the value proposition that we want to make sure people understand that voting is unlike anything else."

Source: Yahoo Sports