Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

The new NBA All-Star game format, explained

The new NBA All-Star game format, explained

In an attempt to improve viewership and intrigue, the National Basketball Association announces several changes to the format, including one that will give the game a more "pickup game in the park" type feel.

The NBA announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon that the game will be played without conferences in 2018.

"I'm thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us", said Chris Paul, Rockets guard and players' union president. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A".

In another new feature, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity.

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While this change might make it possible for fans to see their favorite players on the same team, it is unclear what it will do for the actual flow of the game itself.

This season's All-Star game will be February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The process of selecting the All-Stars remains the same. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organization where donations will be used to support local efforts. The coaches who earn spots in the All-Star Game will coach the team captained by the player from his conference.

All-Star Game rosters and captains will be announced on January 18 while the reserves will be unveiled five days later.

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The results of the voting will be revealed as usual by TNT on a Thursday, this time on January 18 for the starters and on January 23 for the reserves. Fans can begin voting for All-Stars on Christmas Day.

In recent years, the All-Star Game has lost its appeal to a lot of fans.

The number of timeouts per game has been reduced to 14 from 16, and during the last three minutes of the game, teams will be allowed just two timeouts instead of the three per team under the previous rule.

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