AUSTIN, Texas — In the past few years, the NBA has changed its rules for the 2016 All-Stars game.
Now the league has removed the Dallas Cowboys from the list of participants.
The league said in a statement that the move was made in order to further align the All-star game with other major sports and promote the value of our All-STAR game and the game of basketball in general.
Dallas was the first All-American team in league history to be cut from the schedule.
“The league appreciates that the Dallas Stars have played an important role in our game for the past several years and wishes them well,” league commissioner Adam Silver said in the statement.
In 2016, the Dallas/Fort Worth area had the most All-Americans.
A full roster of All-stars has not been announced.
The Dallas Cowboys, a team with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, have played a pivotal role in NBA basketball for more than a decade.
They are one of the most popular teams in the league, winning five consecutive titles from 1996-2004.
During the 2016 season, the Cowboys won nine of the first 10 games and finished third in the Western Conference behind the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe first reported the news of the Cowboys removal from the All Star game on Tuesday.
With the exception of one All-Time game, the All Stars have all been chosen by fans from across the country.