NBA players who boycotted games as part of a protest against racial injustice and police brutality have agreed to resume the playoffs on Sunday (NZ time).

The decision ended a three-day halt in action as part of a players-led protest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and led to game cancellations in other sports as well.The Milwakee Bucks called off their NBA playoffs game against the Orlando Magic in support of Black Lives Matter.

The agreement was announced a day after players, coaches and team governors had a candid discussion regarding the next steps to further collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality.

As part of the agreement, the NBA and its players would establish a social justice coalition, while teams who own and control their stadiums would work with local officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 presidential election.

The league also said it would work to include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.

RNZ

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