NBA vows not to play on Election Day in hopes of increasing voter turnout

The National Basketball Association has decided that they will do everything in their power to increase voter turnout in 2022, which appears to be simply not playing any games on that day.

Executive Director of the NBA Social Justice Coalition, James Cadogan, claims that the move is quite “unusual” but argued that the day is so important for “our democracy” that it had to be done.

“We don’t usually change the schedule for an external event,” Cadogan explained to NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster. “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.”

Brewster then asked what critics were saying, that it’s merely a symbolic gesture.

“I would say to them the symbols really matter,” the director responded. “So if we do something that some might call a symbol, I would say that’s a good symbol. If we were talking about getting out, registering, voting, making your voice heard in whatever way you think is most important, those are symbols that I think most people can and would support.”

The social justice coalition was created in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a move that irked many Americans who view sports as a way to get away from reality, even if just for a few hours.

This move has seen a similar response, with some wondering whether the NBA thinks people would actually want a game than go vote:

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