The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have come to an agreement to resume play, ESPN reports. Following this week's wildcat strike, the playoffs will pick back up this Saturday, August 29. The league and players have also come up with a series of initiatives to provide voting access for the upcoming election, combat social injustice and racial inequality, and promote police reform.

"These commitments follow months of close collaboration around designing a safe and healthy environment to restart the NBA season, providing a platform to promote social justice, as well as creating an NBA Foundation focused on economic empowerment in the Black community," NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement. "We look forward to the resumption of the playoffs and continuing to work together -- in Orlando and in all NBA team markets -- to push for meaningful and sustainable change."

Part of the agreement calls for NBA arenas to be used as voting sites for the 2020 general election. This will provide people with a means of voting in person during the pandemic. Each NBA arena where the respective franchise owns and controls the property will serve as a polling location. Those that don't fall into this category will be used to register voters and receive ballots.

"We stand ready to support the NBPA's and NBA's effort to convert every NBA arena possible into a polling location for this fall's election," LeBron James' nonprofit organization, More Than A Vote, said in a statement.

"We know that voting will not end our pain. Voting cannot bring back those killed by the police officers sworn to protect us. Voting cannot erase the scars of slavery and segregation. It cannot change our history, but it can change our future," the statement continued. "If it couldn't, those in power wouldn't be trying so hard to take the right to vote away from us. They wouldn't be trying so hard to erect barriers to the ballot box."

The NBA also promises to promote involvement in the upcoming election through advertising campaigns during the remainder of the playoffs.

All of this comes after the Milwaukee Bucks made a decision not to play in their playoff game on Wednesday in protest of the unlawful shooting of 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake, a move that led other teams to do the same, as the league eventually postponed play. Teams have returned to practice today, with games resuming tomorrow, August 29.

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