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AP's final word on Finals and finals

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by UPChip, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    Maybe I've just been oblivious to this, but AP's refusal to use a capital F when referring to the Stanley Cup and/or NBA Finals just unnerves me.

    How about you?
  2. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Actually, it should be Stanley Cup Final or NBA Final. There is only ONE final, even though it is a best of seven series.
  3. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    According to the leagues, it's
    Stanley Cup Final
    NBA Finals

    Both proper nouns, therefore both should be capitalized (and singular in the NHL/plural in the NBA).
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    What about Western/Eastern Conference Finals?
  5. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't uppercase First Round and therefore I wouldn't change style just because it's the last set of games.
  6. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Instead of preaching to the powerless here at SportsJournalists.com, it's easy enough to ask the people who publish the AP Stylebook to share their thinking. Go to apstylebook.com and click on the "Ask the Editor" button (if you subscribe electronically) or pose your question on Twitter (@apstylebook). And, once upon a time, the editors would even answer direct questions via email (try David Minthorn at dminthorn@ap.org).

    You may not like what they tell you, but it's also possible that they might make you reconsider your viewpoint. That said, the AP Stylebook is not a legally binding document. If you want to do it in a different way, it's your publication ... just be consistent.
  7. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    I am waiting for the AP folks to begin referring to the NFL Championship Game as such instead of the Super Bowl, or the third full weekend of the NCAA Tournament as the National Semifinals and National Finals instead of the Final Four.

    Selective, and stupid.

  8. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    that distinction never made any sense to me. They're both best-of-seven series.
  9. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Top three live threads on this board are about job cuts and less frequent publishing schedules, and we're worried about whether its Final or Finals or final or finals.

    Hoo boy.
  10. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    Canadian colloquialism (Final = one series) vs. American colloquialism (Finals = 4-7 games).

    I have to get on my writers because they want to use "sectionals" to describe the first round of the high school tournaments in our state. I tell them "we only play in one sectional, so it can't be plural." They look at me like I'm from Mars, because "sectionals" is the colloquial term.
  11. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Western Conference Final.

    Eastern Conference Final.

    The conference finals.
  12. Reminds me of the tempest in a teapot stirred up every year during the NCAA tournament over whether to say East Region, East Regional, East Regional semifinal ... I agree. Just pick one and move on. In the overall scheme of things, it's not that important.
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