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The NBA stripped local broadcasters of their voting power for league awards

The league cited a conflict of interest as its reasoning.

NBA All-Star Game 2017 - Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The NBA issued a memo to team broadcasters on Monday, stripping them of their power to vote for league awards, according to Indiana Pacers play-by-play commentator Mark Boyle. The message cited a conflict of interest, with team broadcasters having a direct impact on local players’ accolades, which in turn could impact their money made in the long term.

The memo impacts Indiana directly. Paul George is in line for the designated player contract worth $219 million over five seasons. But to qualify for that contract, he must be named a starter in two All-Star Games or be named to one of the three All-NBA teams.

The league’s rich talent at the forward spot makes for steep competition at only six available All-NBA spots.

Two seasons ago, Anthony Davis forfeited $24 million over the life of his five-year deal after failing to be either named to an All-NBA team or be voted twice as an All-Star starter. Conversely, Damian Lillard earned an additional $12.7 million when he was named to an All-NBA team last season.

This decision takes the inherent bias to vote for hometown players away from local broadcasters.