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NBA on hiatus for election reasons

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As planned since August, no NBA game took place on Tuesday, November 8, because the League and the players wanted to encourage Americans to vote in the midterm elections.

During an NBA regular season, there are few days without a game. This typically involves Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November), Christmas Eve, College Basketball Championship Finals Monday, and the few days around the All Star Game. But this season, the League has decided to establish a new day without a match, and it was this Tuesday, November 8. Indeed, the leaders of the NBA, supported by the players and the coaches, had announced last August that no match would take place on this day of the midterm elections (the presidential mid-term elections, which concern the chambers of the United States Congress), in order to encourage Americans to vote. “It’s unusual. We don’t usually change the schedule for an external event, said James Cadogan, executive director of the NBA’s Social Justice Coalition. But voting and election day are obviously unique and incredibly important to our democracy.

An idea that germinated in the Orlando bubble

Chris Paul, the president of the players’ union, had for his part confided: “It is not the decision of the League. It was a collective decision with the players. It’s something that players found during the bubble (in Orlando during the covid pandemic, in 2020, editor’s note). Everyone often thinks their vote doesn’t matter, but if you have 100 or even 1,000 people who think that way, those votes aren’t counted. This is why fifteen matches took place on Monday, in order to make up for the lack of matches the following day. Monday was also used to “amplify the work of each team in their respective markets in promoting civic engagement and sharing the means of voting made available by our partners. » Many players wore T-shirts with the word “vote”. While waiting for the final results (the Republicans should have the advantage in the House and the Democrats in the Senate, according to the latest results), the season will resume this Wednesday with thirteen games, and Utah, the best team in the West to everyone’s surprise (9v-3d) and Milwaukee, best team in the East unsurprisingly (9v-1d), will try to continue their momentum, until the next break, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

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