It is a fact that the NBA and the NHL actually call their championship series by different names and I'm not talking about the obvious answer of the on in the NHL being called Stanley Cup v. that of it not in the NBA.

I was always under the impression that they were both called “Finals”... that's with a “s”.  But the fact of the matter is, it's the NBA Finals, with a “S” and the Stanley Cup Final, no plural.

So why?

I scoured the google machine and first of all, even Wiki has it listed as “Stanley Cup Finals” but clarifies in the actual post that some media refers to it as the Finals but it is really called the Stanley Cup Final.

My only reason that I could find for it is that there is a french base to the term. (Finale de la Coupe Stanley) So by that, you get the singular instead of the plural.

So get it right. Call it by its proper name or you might have the ghost of Lord Stanley hunting you down to get the facts strait.

The Stanley Cup Final begins on Wedneday with Tampa hosting Chicago in Game 1 and then on Thursday the NBA Finals begins with the Warriors hosting the Cavs in Game 1.

All NBA Finals games will be on ABC while games 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Final will be on NBC Sports Network with the rest being played on NBC.