For the fans who had a huge disdain for the 2-3-2 format in the NBA Finals, those days are over.
According to several members of the media, the NBA owners have unanimously voted to change the NBA Finals back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format. Here is the scoop via Jeff Zillgitt:
NBA owners voted to restore the NBA Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1, starting this season, and replacing the 2-3-2 format which had been used since 1985.
Instead of the team with home-court court advantage getting the first two games of the Finals at home and possibly the last two at home and the opposing team playing the three middle games at home, the team with home-court advantage now will get the first two at home, the opponent the next two at home and the teams will alternate cities for Games 5, 6 and 7 if necessary.
via NBA Finals schedule format change approved | USA TODAY Sports
For a little background on the situation, the NBA changed the format to 2-3-2 in 1984 in order to ease the travel on NBA players and the media. From the change until last season when the Miami HEAT defeated the San Antonio Spurs, home teams have taken the NBA Finals the home teams have won 67 percent of the NBA Finals (21-8 overall).
With the change in technology and the way players and media travel, the hardships that teams faced in the 1980s are no longer apparent. In the press conference following Board of Governor’s meeting, NBA commissioner David Stern noted that the change in the format was solely for basketball reasons as the change in 1984 was for monetary reasons. You also have to consider owners wanting to even to playing field going forward.
The changes will take place immediately in the 2014 NBA Finals.