NBA Tweaks Finals Format To Ease Travel Demands
The NBA announces a change to the NBA Finals format, in an attempt to build more rest into the schedule and ease travel demands on its players.
According to ESPN, the league introduced a revised template for its Finals schedule Wednesday (Sept. 23), in which they scrapped its long-standing Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday model and pledged to ensure two days of rest between games any time teams are required to change cities.
Finals games have been played only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights... for years. During the 2014 NBA Finals, the league abandoned the 2-3-2 format, which it has employed for nearly 30 years, for a 2-2-1-1-1 model.
The latest tweaks follow last month's announcement from the league that it had greatly reduced the number of back-to-backs and stretches of four games in five nights during the regular-season schedule.
The upcoming regular season will feature just 27 instances of teams playing four games in five nights, down 61 percent from the 2014-15 campaign. Back-to-backs, meanwhile, have been cut from more than 20 per team on average to 18 this season.