2016 NBA Finals could last as long as ever

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In 1978, the Washington Bullets beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the longest NBA Finals of all-time – seven games over 18 days.

Next year’s Finals will have a chance to match that record 18-day length.

The NBA announced the schedule for the 2016 NBA Finals:

  • Thursday, June 2, 2016
  • Sunday, June 5, 2016
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016
  • Friday, June 10, 2016
  • Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016
  • Sunday, June 19, 2016

These Finals will feature the first Friday and Wednesday games since 2003. Every other Finals game since has been played on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday. Additionally, 2016 could have the first Monday Finals game since 2000.

Why all the changes?

NBA PR:

2016 NBA Finals to feature more days between games. Schedule includes 2 days between all games in which travel is necessary

This should mean higher-quality games, especially when both teams will be tired at the end of a long season. The travel is exhausting.

But it could also mean oversaturation to a base of fans that has been watching all season. Many times in June, I’ve heard, “Is basketball still going?” with a groan.

Ultimately, I think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, but this isn’t a no-brainer change.