The NBA is going to look very different when it returns later this month, but it’s not just because the players will be competing in empty arenas. On Friday afternoon, the league reached an agreement with the National Basketball Players Association on which social justice messages can be displayed on the backs of jerseys.
In an effort to raise awareness for social injustice in the United States, the NBA will allow players to share certain messages during games. Additionally, the league plans on painting Black Lives Matter on the courts in Orlando.
According to the latest report from ESPN, the NBA will allow players to only display their social justice messages on the back of their jersey for the first four games. Following the first four games, the players can keep the message on their jersey but must include their last name beneath it.
Marcus Spears of The Undefeated revealed the 29 messages that will be approved for the back of NBA jerseys. Here are the following options, via ESPN: