NBA and NHL Playoffs: Why Are They Spaced Out?

Mike DiMauroSenior Writer IMay 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets goes up for a shot between Lamar Odom #7 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 105-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

I know that playoffs can be one game in each round (NFL, CFL, NCAA Tournament Basketball) or seven games (MLB, NHL, NBA). I also know that playoffs can take ten days (NCAA Tournament Basketball), four weekends (NFL, CFL), a month (MLB) or up to three months (NBA, NHL).

In this opinion, I am going to talk about the NBA and NHL. Each league has their playoffs with the teams taking breaks between each game. I don't understand why it can not be like baseball.

Why can't they play two days in a row?

Why do they need a rest between games in one city?

Why does it take three days to play in two games at one city?

I understand that games three, five, six, and seven are two days apart from games two, four, five, and six because of travel.

You know, I think both the NBA and NHL should follow the MLB playoffs structure and play games 1-2 & 6-7 at the higher seed and games 3-5 at the lower seed. Also, the leagues should play to the following playoff structure: Game One, Game Two, off, Game Three, Game Four, Game Five, off, Game Six, Game Seven (I don't understand why there is a day off in between games 4 & 5 in the league championship series or World Series).

That way, there would be less travel time and more sooner games would end and championships can be crowned.