On Tuesday, Nov. 8, there will be no NBA action, as all 30 teams are off for Election Day in the United States.
This was first announced ahead of the NBA’s schedule release in August, a significant change in course from previous years in which an election was held.
With no games on the schedule Tuesday, the NBA will continue its promotion of nonpartisan civic engagement, encouraging fans to plan to vote in midterm elections. With all 30 teams in action on Monday, Nov. 7, each team held “civic engagement night”s at the 15 arenas that hosted games.
Tomorrow is Election Day!
Make sure you have your gameplan to vote. Our democracy works better when all voices-including yours- are heard! Get in the game: Vote!
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In August, the news was first reported by NBC correspondent Shaquille Brewster, who spoke about the scheduling choice with James Cadogan, Executive Director of the NBA’s Social Justice Coalition.
“It’s unusual, we don’t usually change the schedule for an external event,” said Cadogan, “but voting and Election Day are obviously unique and incredibly important to our democracy.”
As part of the league-wide effort to promote civic engagement, members of each NBA team spoke on the importance of exercising the right to vote.
The @NBA community is ready for #ElectionDay! Your vote matters and it makes a difference. Now is the time to make your mark on democracy and be the change our communities need. #GetInTheGame and VOTE! More at https://t.co/tZCJkR5wxd pic.twitter.com/ob1xH98WOP
With the NBA’s “bubble” playing into the month of October in the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the start of the 2020-21 season being pushed back, there were no conflicts with the NBA’s schedule and the 2020 United States presidential election. In other election years, however, there have been NBA games scheduled on election day.
This marks a significant departure from previous election years.
While COVID delayed the start of the 2020 season…
—8 teams played on Election Day 2018,
—12 teams in 2016
—16 teams the night of the 2014 midterms.
Election Day is the first of a select number of days during the NBA season in which there will be no games, beginning with the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 24.