Late Wednesday night, the player and coach met, then agreed to continue the play-offs during the second meeting on Thursday morning. This is followed by a private meeting Thursday afternoon featuring players and coaches from all 13 teams in the bubble, as well as the owners. Including Michael Jordan of Charlotte Hornets, currently chair of the Bureau of Industrial Relations of the NBA. This came before a joint announcement at the beginning of Friday afternoon announcing a return to action was made.
As part of Friday’s announcement, the NBA and its players agreed to collaborate on a number of projects the players have spoken on over the past several months: voting rights, social justice, racial equality and reform of the police force.
Those initiatives included the immediate establishment of a social justice coalition comprising representatives of the players, coaches and team owners. They will work to increase access to voting, promote public participation, and support meaningful criminal justice and police reform. Also urge the owners and control of the yard property to work with local officials. This is to turn those stadiums into polling venues for the 2020 general election or become voter registration sites and receive ballots if the first entry cannot be done.
The federation has also agreed to work with both the player and their broadcasting partners to create advertisements that will appear during each NBA play-off game. From there, promoting more participation of the people in national and local elections as well as raising awareness about voting access.
A number of NBA players and WNBA players have stepped up their social justice efforts in recent months. LeBron James and other top athletes created “More Than a Vote” to protect voting rights and access to black voters. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors team appeared in a video at the Democratic National Conference to support Joseph R. Biden Jr., the party’s presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Renee Montgomery, who plays for WNBA’s Atlanta Dream team, canceled the season to focus on social justice efforts.