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This season was bigger than basketball. A year we will never forget. Tested and challenged over and over again. Together we mourned, mobilized, and pushed for change.

The larger fight is not over. The NBPA will continue to protect, support, and amplify player rights and voices.

Click below to learn more on our various initiatives and efforts.

Latest News & Press Releases

NBPA Delegation Meets with Pope Francis

  • November 23, 2020

VATICAN CITY, November 23, 2020– A delegation from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today. The meeting, held at the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, provided an opportunity for the Players to discuss their individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities.

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NBA AND NBPA ESTABLISH THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION

  • November 20, 2020

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2020 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the formation of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, an organization that will lead the NBA family’s collective efforts to advance equality and social justice. Through its mission to leverage the game’s influence to raise awareness, educate and advocate for meaningful reform, the Coalition will focus on action and change in several areas, including voting access and criminal justice system reform at the national, state and local level.

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NBPA Foundation and U.S. African Development Foundation Announce Partnership to Increase Investment and Development in Africa

  • November 12, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, November 12, 2020 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) announced today a five-year strategic partnership to jointly fund development projects supported by NBPA members interested in and committed to development in Africa and creating long-term, self-sustaining change, spearheaded by African leaders.

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NBPA Statement on the Passing of Tommy Heinsohn

  • November 10, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2020 - "We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn, one of the founding fathers of the National Basketball Players Association. Not only did Tommy have an incredible career in the NBA as a player, coach and broadcaster, but closer to our home, he was instrumental in creating our union, taking the baton from his friend and teammate Bob Cousy and serving as our President from 1958-66. Tommy was truly a pioneer in player empowerment, championing the notion of free agency at a time when it was highly controversial and unpopular, and fighting to create our NBA Players' Pension Plan, under which generations of players have thrived.

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NBPA Statement on the 2020-2021 NBA Season Start Date and Schedule

  • November 06, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, November 5, 2020 – The NBPA today issued the following statement: "The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has tentatively approved a start date of December 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 NBA season and a 72-game schedule. Additional details remain to be negotiated and the NBPA is confident that the parties will reach agreement on these remaining issues relevant to the upcoming season.”

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Player Activism

Since the Union’s inception, the members of the NBPA have, individually and collectively, utilized their platforms to advocate for and promote positive social change. The courage and commitment of our members – past and present – have provided a voice for and opened avenues towards the pursuit of justice for aggrieved and socially disenfranchised members of communities across this country and around the world.

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#COMMITtoCARENow

We teamed up with @DoveMenCare to announce the Commit to C.A.R.E initiative. This partnership, inspired by the actions taken by players around the league in support of racial and social justice, aims to showcase, honor and celebrate the humanity of Black men while addressing a number of issues such as public safety, safe and fair voting, community engagement and the portrayal of Black men in the media. Support #committocarenow.

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Since the beginning of the season restart, the NBPA and the players have been committed in making sure that basketball would not serve as a distraction from issues related to racial injustice and inequality. To further amplify this movement, we highlighted Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the bubble that not only pushed the culture forward — but enriched their communities as well.

As part of the NBPA’s mission to inspire, uplift and empower Black-owned businesses, the NBPA’s Protect, Support, Amplify Black-Owned Businesses campaign gives a platform to Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs who are driving positive change in their communities. #450SupportsBlack

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NBPA Town Hall Series

The NBPA teamed up with Business Inside the Game (B.I.G.) to curate a town hall series. Each town hall consists of conversations about the NBPA’s mission, which is to Protect, Support and Amplify the players and their voices, and how that mission has evolved throughout this season and in light of recent events. The conversations also discuss player-led initiatives around social justice and voting and ways that we can all impact change in our communities.

Join NBA All-Star and master connector Baron Davis as he weaves a narrative journey with trailblazers and innovators.