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NCAA suspends all athletic events on Election Day

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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 before June 15 to register for an absentee ballot.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for NCAA suspends all athletic events on Election Day

  1. JT55
    3:36 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink


  2. ClutchCargo
    4:15 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe the NCAA has never heard of the absentee ballot, the way the majority of student athletes would have to vote anyway if they weren’t attending a school in their hometown.

    • rickat
      4:26 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Not entirely true. Each state has different criteria as to where students vote and eligibility requirements for absentee ballots.

    • TonyMontana
      5:23 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      In my county you must vote in-person before you are eligible for a absentee ballot.

  3. sprtphan
    5:10 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Thought they were all about the mail in ballot. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve voted in my life and worked a 10 hour day.

    • TonyMontana
      5:26 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Wow thats awesome! You are my hero! But also, I think giving everybody a chance to vote is a righteous endeavor. If someone is upset that people can vote, that someone is a really bad person.

  4. Han
    5:41 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    In 2020, no one should have to stand in line to vote, but it’s good to make sure people will have the chance.

    • JEUofK
      6:44 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Heaven forbid people have to take three minutes out of their day to vote.

    • Corder
      6:57 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      God forbid people take an election seriously and put forth some kind of effort. This is how elections work in America but I guess we should change that too for the people that are too lazy to get up and go vote.

  5. east-ky-boy
    7:06 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Translation: make sure you vote against trump. I’m not saying I’m for or against him. That’s my personal view. But that’s what they are wanting

    • TPACAT
      12:01 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

      100% correct…