NCAA events will not conflict with the 2020 election.
In light of protests that have swept America, the four-letter governing body of college athletics announced Friday afternoon that they encourage all student-athletes to make their voices heard by voting. The NCAA designates Nov. 3 as a day off from athletic activities. The full statement:
President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors recognize the important role social engagement has on driving positive societal change. The recent demonstrations following the tragic killing of George Floyd showed the world the power of protest and student-athletes across the country were at the center of that movement. We commend NCAA student-athletes who recognized the need for change and took action though safe and peaceful protest. We encourage students to continue to make their voices heard on these important issues, engage in community activism and exercise their Constitutional rights. Further, we encourage all member schools to assist students in registering to vote in the upcoming national election and designate November 3, 2020 as a day off from athletics activity so athletes can vote and participate in their ultimate responsibility as citizens.
This could have a direct impact on Kentucky’s basketball schedule. Over the previous two seasons the Champions Classic has been held on the first Tuesday in November. Kentucky will play Kansas at the United Center in Chicago on a date that has not yet been announced. UK already announced the game vs. Kansas would be Nov. 10 at the United Center. I’m an idiot.
If you would like to vote in Kentucky’s upcoming primary election without leaving your home, visit GoVoteKy.com before June 15 to register for an absentee ballot.