Jun 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; NBA commissioner David Stern addresses the media during a press conference prior to game one of the 2013 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Finals Change To 2-2-1-1-1 Format

It could be quite a different NBA Finals experience for the Miami Heat this season should the reigning champs make it. The NBA has voted to switch back to the 2-2-1-1-1 location format used for nearly 30 years in what had became the most obvious change needed in sports just short of baseball’s instant replay.

“After 28 years of a 2-3-2 Finals format — where the team with the worse record hosted the three games in the middle of the series — the NBA is returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 format used prior to that, as well as the format used in every other playoff round. David Stern confirmed the change at a press conference Wednesday following the NBA Board of Governors meeting where the owners approved the switch.”

Via Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk.com. 

But now the format will be uniform across all playoff rounds. The change was expected, and it could be David Stern’s final big change before he steps down in February and hands the Association to Adam Silver. Stern made the announcement that was expected after the league’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended the change.

It was Stern who made the initial switch. Why did the NBA switch in the first place? Travel complaints by teams and media, mostly. But that is no longer an issue as teams have gotten richer and media has found new, more efficient ways of covering games such as freelancers, wire content and a more accessible television experience.

Stern said it was an “easy sell.”

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