NBA Voting Will Include Players and Media Members
Let’s get this taken care of first. The National Basketball Association does care about the fan’s voice – well kind of, not really. More like, it appreciates the opinion of the fans, the league just wants less of it.
It was announced this past week that two new voting groups will be added to the NBA All-Star Game voting system – the players themselves and a selected group of “a panel of basketball media”.
How will this work then? Well, while fans got 100% of the power when voting in starting line-ups for the past 40-years, the league will now divide the voting power between the three groups – 50% going to the fans, 25% to the players, and the remaining 25% going to the media members.
As voting is set to begin on Christmas, fans will be allowed to vote once per day, NBA players will have the power to submit one full ballot, and the media, which reportedly will be made up of an estimated 75-people will receive one full ballot as well.
The ideology to shift away from the 100% fan vote has been a topic of discussion for the past few seasons now with many believing the vote has boiled down to a popularity contest as opposed of a fair contest picking the ten players who most deserve the starting spot.
Remember when Zaza Pachulia nearly got a starting spot last year? Yeah, that is never going to happen again.
Thankfully with Kobe Bryant retiring, Chinese NBA Fans cannot rebel against this new rule that would’ve negated the possibility of the broken down megastar from participating in more All-Star Games.
Whether you disagree with the ruling or not, it is the step in the right direction, applying more fairness to the vote while taking the popularity contest out of it.