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Exclusive: NBA Will Explore Changes to Playoff Format

The new Commissioner of the NBA tells 1200 WOAI's Stephanie Narvaez that he is open to changing the number of teams which are seeded in the playoffs, and even adjusting the format which dictates how teams are seeded.

  Adam Silver, who took over as NBA Commissioner in February of this year, talked with 1200 WOAI news during The Finals in San Antonio.

  "The competition committee is made up of general managers and coaches and other individuals," Silver said.  "One of the things we are going to look at is whether this is the optimal way to choose playoff teams and the optimal way to choose the competition."

  The current playoff system dates to 2006.  It involves eight teams in each division, with the three conference winners getting high seeds depending on their records, and a complicated system to determine how the other ten teams are seeded in the playoffs. 

  The most significant change which has been made since 2006 was the decision before the start of this season to switch from a 2-3-2 to a 2-3-1-1-1 schedule of home and away games, with the top seeded team playing first and getting the final game at home in a seven game series.

  "My sense is there won't be any changes for next year," Silver said, adding that changes could come down the road. 

  "For us, its just an obligation to our fans to present the best possible competition, and we owe it to our fans to take a fresh look at everything we do."

  Silver confirmed that one of the items that the competition committee will examine is the number of teams that make it into the playoffs.

 

 

 

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