A group of NBA players met with experts Friday in New York City to discuss a new water meter that could help prevent water meter theft and other crimes.
According to a report in The New York Times, the players met at the MetLife headquarters in New Jersey to discuss how the meter could be installed in their arenas.
“I think it will make the sport safer,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a video that aired Friday.
Silver added, “The meter is a lifesaver.”
MetLife, which is owned by the New York Giants, has faced a number of thefts and other criminal incidents since it installed the new water meters in the NBA arenas in 2020.
The New Jersey attorney general has filed a civil suit against MetLife over a theft in which three people were charged after being accused of stealing water meters from a MetLife office.
The NBA has been one of the most vocal supporters of the new meter.
The league is also considering a new system that would replace the NBA’s outdated water meters.
NBA Commissioner Adam “Magic” Silver speaks during a news conference after the New Jersey Basketball Association’s All-Star game on Thursday, July 10, 2019, in Newark, N.J. The new water gauge would replace water meters that are not installed by MetLife.
As of this week, the NBA has installed a total of 18,000 meters in its arenas, the Times reported.