A year after the NCAA gave athletes Election Day off, football and basketball teams all over the country were practicing ahead of elections in some states Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — A year after the NCAA gave athletes Election Day off, football and basketball teams all over the country were practicing on the first Tuesday in November.
Although the NCAA’s Election Day rule remains in place, teams could pursue waivers if they wanted to practice — and many did, including some in places with significant decisions on the ballot.
Virginia’s men’s basketball team had the day off. Virginia Tech practiced but had a civic engagement presentation set for afterward. The battle for governor in Virginia is among the most scrutinized races in the country.
“Like numerous institutions, we worked with the NCAA and received a waiver to practice today,” the school said in a statement. “We continue to provide civic engagement opportunities for our student-athletes and will dedicate a day during this academic year for additional …