Vote is unanimous to change NBA Finals
NEW YORK – The NBA Finals have a new format. For nearly 30 years the league finals have been set up that the team with the best record played the first two games at home and then the next three games away. Then two more games back home; a 2-3-2 format.
That was changed when the NBA owners voted unanimously to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1; meaning the team with the best record played the first two games at home, the next two games away then the next game back at home. The sixth game would be played away with the final game played back at home of the team with the best record.
The change will take place effective for the 2014 Finals next June.
Commissioner David Stern called it an “easy sell” to owners to help add competitive balance and align the Finals schedule with the rest of the playoffs. To ease the transition, an extra day off will be added between Games 6 and 7.
According to ESPN, Commissioner Stern said, “There’s been a sense among our teams that in a 2-2 series, it’s not fair for a team with the better record to be away [for Game 5], It’s not fair for the better team in terms of record to spend as many as eight days away from home.”
Back in 1984, when Commissioner Stern had just taken his post, one of his earliest projects was to change to the 2-3-2 format; which was also done to encourage more media coverage of the Finals.
Stern is set to hand over the reigns to deputy commissioner Adam Silver on Feb. 1, 30 years to the day he became commissioner.