In 1985, the NBA switched the locations of games five and six.
It was reported that the NBA changed them to reduce the inconvenience
of travel. While another view is that it is also about money.
?A report in USA Today stated that part of the problem with the old
format arose due to CBS's scheduling of games in the 1984 championship
series between Boston and Los Angeles [USA Today, June 25, 1984]. In
that series there were three and two days off between some of the
first four games because CBS did not want to televise the games during
prime time in May. The series then ended with three games in five days
with a cross-country trip between each game. According to USA Today,
the NBA commissioner, David Stern, favored the 2-3-2 format because
the reduced travel would give players more rest and encourage media
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Television revenue and the structure of athletic contests: The case of
the National Basketball Association
Jim Feist comments that,
?It is odd, but there are several reasons for the change. The official
NBA version is it cuts down travel time for players and media
representatives as East meets West. The unofficial version is
M-O-N-E-Y. The NBA prefers a longer series to build up interest and
increase television ratings. The 2-3-2 format theoretically makes it
tougher for a team to win the first two games at home, then win two of
the next three on the road to close out a series in five games. The
league doesn't want five games - it wants six or seven.?
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