The NBA may change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 in 2014, per multiple reports.
The first step toward this change was completed on September 29 when the NBA's Competition Committee voted unanimously for this format, per Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said,"The idea was raised at the Competition Committee and was well-received and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format."
The league's owners will then put the issue to a vote when they meet next month.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst also reported about the possible change in an update he wrote on Sunday. He adds the usual 2-3-2 format has been implemented since 1985, a year when the Los Angeles Lakers squared off against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, in order to facilitate long flights across the country.
Windhorst adds that NBA experts who are in favor of the change argue the current 2-3-2 scheme "dulls some of the homecourt advantage to the higher seed." His report also indicates that a Game 6 played in the lower seed's homecourt increases the chances of a Game 7.
This bodes well for the business interests of the league and its partners.
USA Today Sports also reported about the possible NBA Finals format change, citing a person who is familiar with the situation. Its version of the update indicates "the percentage of the time the home team has won the finals is pretty much around 70 percent either way."
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