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Sunday, 29 September 2013 23:30

NBA Likely to Revert Back to 2-2-1-1-1 Finals Format

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The NBA appears likely to change its Finals format from 2-3-2 back to the original 2-2-1-1-1 game schedule.


According to Steve Bulpett of Boston Herald and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, multiple sources claim that the league's competition committee met this weekend to vote on the proposed change of game rotation structure. Bulpett says the committee unanimously voted on the change, and that they will await approval of the NBA team owners.


The 2-2-1-1-1 format is currently used in all rounds of the NBA playoffs except for the Finals. The league originally revised the game rotation for the championship series in 1985, when travel between the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics and the Western Conference-winning Los Angeles Lakers became difficult due to commercial flights.


Now that all NBA teams fly their own charters, this change just seems like a no-brainer.


The Boston Herald reported this recommendation on Sunday, and Windhorst reports that the NBA will likely adopt the change for good at the competition committee's next meeting in October. The new format could be unrolled by the 2014 NBA Finals.


Many NBA fans, including those of the Boston Celtics, have taken issue with the 2-3-2 format since its ratification. Among the complaints, many have claimed that it interferes with the higher-seeded team's deserved homecourt advantage. Reverting back to the oringinal structure now assures the higher-seeded team that they will have homecourt on Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 as opposed to Games 1, 2, 6 and 7.

Allowing the lower-seeded team to play Game 6 on its home court will also likely improve the odds that the championship series goes to the full seven games.


This change would be a win for the league on a competitive level, it would improve potential viewership and it would increase advertising and revenue shares.


Expect to hear about the final vote by mid-October.