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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has slammed the fan voting system for the All-Star Game and has described it as “absolutely, positively broken”.
Cuban believes that the NBA should abandon fan voting after the fan balloting online and on Twitter determined the 10 starters for the game, and they were announced on Thursday with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry receiving the most votes this season with 1,513,324.
14 reserves, selected by a vote from the coaches in each Conference, will be announced on January 29.
Given the number of votes, Cuban doesn’t believe that the fans are all excited about the process and he suggests that it is time for a change in the system.
“In context of everything, that’s no votes,” Cuban said.
“That’s such a small number considering all the different options you have to vote that it’s almost embarrassing. It’s just no one’s really looked at it that way. … I mean, think about it. Of all the people who go to games, all the people who watch games globally, to have [1.5] million means that system’s broken. Absolutely, positively broken.”
Cuban also added that he believes the rosters should be expanded a couple of spots for each conference while he suggests allowing coaches and/or general managers to vote for the starters as well as the reserves each season.
“They go hand in hand,” Cuban said. “We have that few votes, you’re going to get one team or one player or one part of the world that skews everything. Again, if we were getting 20, 30, 50 million votes, which shows that fans just love it and wanted to participate, that’d be one thing. Then the fans have spoken.
“But when the number of voters isn’t enough to even get anybody to notice … That means basically .01 percent of NBA fans cared enough to vote, and that’s saying every fan voted just once. Probably, if you include global, that means .00001 percent of fans thought enough to vote. That just shows nobody cares.”
According to date confirmed by the NBA, All-Star balloting saw a 28 percent increase this year with more than 25m votes cast. That occurred despite 27 days less in the voting window, although there is worth in Cuban’s argument and it may be something the league looks at.