The NBA has announced that all basketball arenas will be turned into polling sites for the upcoming presidential election.
After choosing to boycott Wednesday and Thursday nights’ playoff games, the players had several discussions with team governers and others in the league to discuss how they would go on with the season.
They decided to resume the playoffs games, but were working on finding ways they could take action. The NBA and its players ultimately landed on a few solutions.
In its first initiative, the teams will work to convert arenas into polling sites where people can safely vote amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
They will also find back-up locations in the event that deadlines to transform the arenas have passed.
In a final initiative, the advertisements played during the playoff games will be “dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement” in elections and “raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.”
Following the horrifying shooting of Blake, NBA players expressed their frustrations with racial injustices and police brutality experienced by the Black community. The ensuing walkouts were the first step toward making a change.
“I’m really proud we were able to help the Dodgers become the first MLB stadium to open for voting,” James said at the time. “This is exactly why we created More Than A Vote. A lot of us now working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers’ lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting.”