The N.B.A. introduced a plan to convert a few of its arenas into polling areas for the November election as a part of an settlement with its gamers’ union to resume the playoffs on Saturday, union and league officers stated in a joint assertion Friday.
“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between N.B.A. players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality,” stated the assertion signed by the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, and Michele Roberts, the chief director of the gamers’ union.
The announcement got here two days after N.B.A. gamers staged a dramatic work stoppage in response to the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday. Some staffers within the N.B.A.’s league workplace additionally selected not to work on Friday to give attention to social causes as a substitute, although it was not clear precisely how many individuals participated within the motion.
The N.B.A. and union’s joint plan additionally contains, in accordance to the assertion, the creation of “a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.”