In recent news, there’s talk indicating both the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are planning to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the courts when the league resumes the 2019-2020 season at Walt Disney World Resort. The inscription would be painted inside both sidelines for all three basketball arenas the NBA league will use at the ESPN Wide World of Sports when it resumes the 2019-20 season late in Orlando. The information comes from league members speaking to ESPN representatives.
On a conference call with reporters Friday, leaders of the sports league and union were discussing several ways to use the NBA’s platform in Orlando to call attention to racial equality, social justice and police brutality. Over the weekend, Chris Paul, president of the players’ union, told ESPN that the league and union were collaborating to allow players to wear uniforms with personalized messages linked to social justice on the backs of their jerseys in place of players’ last names. We’re awaiting an official league determination to see if it will go into effect.
Basketball fans are happy to see the NBA return since the season was abruptly halted due to COVID-19. Seeing the NBA playing at Walt Disney World Resort is certainly uncharted territory for both sports and the Disney company.
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