The NBA introduced a new All-Star Game format last year, in which a pair of captains drafted their teams based on which players were voted to the game by fans. It created some fun rosters that wouldn’t have been possible if it followed the standard East vs. West format, but most fans were bummed out that the draft wasn’t televised.
As the league gears up for the 2019 All-Star Game. a report from the New York Times stated that the NBA has decided to make the All-Star draft a televised event.
Via the New York Times:
A firm date for the televised draft has not yet been established, but Jan. 30 or Jan. 31 have emerged as two potential targets for a TNT broadcast, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly. The schedule availability of the two captains, once they are identified through fan balloting, is among the variables needed to lock in the broadcast specifics.