If you read here back in September, you would remember that Japan's Pacific League gave its first place team a one-game advantage in its league championship series. The regular season champ had to win two games to the challenger's (either the second or third place team) three. And the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won the Pacific League with two straight wins over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. The series never got to Fukuoka and the Central League wanted to avoid a scenario where a team in the playoffs didn't get to host a game in one of the rounds.
But for 2007, there will be no handicap. Now that both leagues will have playoffs, the 12 teams agreed, for at least one season, to make each round of the playoffs best of three and then best of five.