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The NBA won't be on election day.

All 30 teams will play on the night before the elections in November. The NBA wants teams to use that night to encourage fans to vote and to amplify the need for civic engagement.

There are no NBA games on Election Day. In the weeks leading up to the election, teams are being encouraged to let their fans know about the deadlines.

DateGames held
Nov. 8, 2022None
Nov. 3, 2020None (COVID)
Nov. 6, 20184 games
Nov. 8, 20166 games
Nov. 4, 20148 games
Nov. 6, 20123 games
Nov. 2, 20106 games*
Nov. 4, 20083 games
** A 7th game in 2010 was postponed

The NBA family's focus on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote led to the scheduling decision.

There are more than 30 U.S. Senate seats up for election.

Normally, the league plays no games on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and tries to avoid scheduling games on the day of the NCAA men's basketball championship game in April. There is a few days off around the All-Star Game.

The NBA and its players were involved in several election-related pushes in 2020, largely as part of the response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Many players were involved in get out the vote. Teams turned their arenas into voting centers.

The NBA's full schedule will be made public at 3 pm. The time is Wednesday