Saturday, May 17, 2008

Another Question

The critical Game7 Western Conference Semifinal between the New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs will be played Monday.

Why?

Game 6 was played on Thursday, meaning the deciding contest will come a full four days later. Typically during the playoffs there is a day off between games if they are both played in the same city and two days off if the games are played in different arenas (giving players an extra travel day). Three days in between games has been a recent trend by the NBA, which has unfortunately stretched the playoffs into mid-June. Four games, however, I believe is a first.

David Stern believes stretching out the playoffs gives the games maximum TV exposure. That may or may not be true; the increased ratings this year are mostly the byproduct of several exciting matchups, some which went to the maximum seven games. What is true, however, is the time between games blunts the excitement for the fans. Giving NBA followers four days until the penultimate "Game 7" won't give them more time to discuss and analysis the upcoming game; it'll give them four days to get distracted by other things happening in their lives.

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