NBA Changes All-Star Balloting For Voting On Starters

This year, the league will extend the platform to include two other important constituents of the game - National Basketball Association players and National Basketball Association media.

Fans will have some company when they take to the internet to vote for this year's NBA All-Star Game starters.

Players and select media members will be eligible to complete one full ballot each, with players indeed able to vote for teammates or themselves if they wish. All current players will be available for selection. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.

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For Facebook and Twitter, fans can use the hashtag #NBAVOTE plus the player's full name or handle.

The hope is that players who are performing at an All-Star level will have a better chance of making it over players with big names and bigger fan bases-to a degree, balancing merit with market. Since 1995, the National Football League has split its vote into thirds between the fans, coaches and players. Also, Fans may submit votes for ten unique players per day throughout the voting period.

Fan voting updates will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, and Thursday, Jan. 12.

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All-star voting ends on Monday, Jan. 16. Starters will be announced on TNT, which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner, on January 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

The seven All-Star reserves will still be voted on by coaches in the Eastern and Western Conferences.

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