NBPA: Players couldn't agree on whether to televise All-Star draft
The decision to not televise the NBA All-Star draft ultimately falls on the players, who couldn't agree on whether it should be aired to the viewing public, according to the league's players association.
"It was the absence of a consensus by prospective players likely to be affected that led to the decision not to support televising the draft," the NBPA said in an official statement, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "Whether a decision to broadcast the draft will be made after this year's game, that will be determined going forward."
The league changed the format of the All-Star Game to allow the leading vote-getter in each conference to choose their squad from a pool of All-Stars selected by a combination of fans, players, and media members, instead of the usual East vs. West setup.
Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier in the month that a televised draft would put players in "an impossible position," with egos perhaps getting hurt, or the captains having to choose between their current teammates or close friends.