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No playoff payoff in New York, Boston and Philly

Updated: April 18, 2006, 3:42 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

New York. Boston. Philadelphia.

Over the last 26 years, teams from these cities have played in nine NBA Finals. But, for the first time in league history, none of the traditional powers from the nation's No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 television markets will be playing in the playoffs. Philadelphia was the last of the three to come into the league 57 years ago.

"For an NBA sponsor, the worst nightmare is to have two small-market teams in an NBA Finals," said Sal Galatioto, principal ...

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