The 2019-2020 NBA season has come to an end with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their 17th championship. This accomplishment proves all the worthier when the tumultuous season is put in perspective. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the season to be suspended indefinitely in March and be moved to the Orlando Disney World campus. Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others, died in a tragic helicopter crash in February. As the NBA season resumed, racial injustice across the nation took center stage and led to several reforms within the league. Hidden amidst these tragedies are the leaps and bounds made to protect First Amendment rights of employees in the private sector.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on October 26, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Farmer, Hayden, "The First Amendment’s Greatest Protector: The NBA" (2020). AELJ Blog. 249.