The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their respective squads. According to a report by Marc Stein of The New York Times, this idea was hatched with the full intention to televise it, but pushback from the players’ union was enough to scuttle the plans. Per Stein’s report, these are the primary three reasons why a televised draft was turned down. 1) The league does not want to risk embarrassing the last player chosen — or anyone else. 2) The league does not want to put the captains in a position where they might upset teammates by passing over them. 3) The players’ union objected. The union, presumably with considerable input from player agents, is the faction that actually put up the most resistance to letting all this play out in public. Some All-Stars want the draft televised, but some don’t. So the league acquiesced. As much as the NBA League Office has ideas for their future plans, the NBPA has ideas of their own and having their players possibly strain relationships with others due to an All-Star competition wasn’t in their book.
NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union
Clutch Points | Jan 25