The 2022 NBA schedule is slowly but surely coming to light.
We still don’t know a lot of the lineups scheduled but more and more of them are being leaked and we are starting to get a clearer picture of the season ahead.
While nothing is 100% confirmed yet, it seems that the league is making a major move to get American citizens involved in their civic duty.
SCOOP: The 2022 @NBA schedule will show NO Election Day games.
Instead, all 30 teams will play the Monday before on a themed “civic engagement night,” to encourage fans, players and staff to vote in this year’s midterm elections.
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— Shaquille Brewster (@shaqbrewster) August 16, 2022
Apparently, the NBA will not have a single game scheduled on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
That is Election Day in the United States and the NBA is planning to highlight the need for residents to vote.
Instead of playing on that Tuesday, all 30 teams will play the Monday before on a themed “civic engagement night” created to encourage fans, players, and staff to vote in the midterm elections.
This is a gigantic gesture from the NBA but really isn’t surprising.
Election Day Energy
Typically, Election Day is just another day for the league and while there is attention dedicated to reminding folks to vote, things go on like normal for the most part.
That won’t be the case this season.
Over the last few years, the NBA and the players within it have become more involved and vocal about issues they care about, from voting rights to racial equality and so much more.
Additionally, the NBA worked with cities across the country in 2020 to convert 23 arenas and team facilities into voting centers.
Therefore, it’s not a shock to see the NBA make this decision.
While all of this will culminate in a quiet night on Election Day, you can bet there will be a lot of talk around the NBA about voting in the weeks preceding the midterms.