This has been an issue for a long time amongst NBA fans, but David Stern and company finally gets something right. According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Globe, the NBA committee has approved of a finals format change.
Sources: Competition Committee votes unanimously to return NBA Finals to 2-2-1-1-1 format. Owners’ approval to come.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) September 29, 2013
Here’s some background info on the change that occurred in 1985 from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
The league has used the 2-3-2 format in the Finals since 1985, when long commercial travel in frequent Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers had become tedious. All teams now fly their own charters, and the travel is easier.
via 2-3-2 Finals format likely out in 2014 | ESPN
While I wasn’t old enough to witness the 2-2-1-1-1 format, I was never against the current format. Great teams win on the road. But David Stern’s job is to make the NBA game more appealing to the masses especially with the televisions deals coming up soon. The accepting of the NBA zone and removal of the hand-checking were both ways to make this game more appealing and it’s worked.
What Stern may be hoping for here is that more NBA Finals reach a Game 7 after the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs game drew a whopping 17.7 million viewers. Since the change in ’85, only five finals have reached a Game 7.
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