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David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:48 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 2:03 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association concluded more than seven hours of meetings on Monday in New York City without reaching an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement. As such, Ken Berger of reports that NBA commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 regular season, spanning from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14.

Berger reports that Stern said that a "gulf" still separates the owners and players in their negotiations and that the two sides are "very, very far apart on virtually all issues."

Stern also confirmed that the cancellation of the first two weeks will prevent an 82-game regular season. In other words, there isn't sufficient time available later in the calendar to make up the cancelled games.

There are currently no further talks scheduled, Stern said, but the sides will continue to communicate.

Stern was joined in Monday's negotiations by NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver and a number of owners and legal advisers. The NBPA was represented by president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter, among others.

Berger reported that league officials saw a number of sticking points, including: "contract length, length of CBA, use of exceptions by [luxury] tax-paying teams and [the luxury] tax levels and the frequency of the [luxury] tax." Those are all significant issues that will require extended negotiation to resolve.

Fisher mostly stuck to what has become his mantra in recent weeks. "I continue to believe that we've been more than fair and reasonable in our approach," he said. "This is what we anticipated would happen, and here we are."

He also admitted the pain of lost salary will be felt by his constituency. "Obviously not a good feeling for anyone, " Fisher said."This is not just about dollars and cents for players. It's about a system for our guys to operate under."

Hunter maintained that the lost income will not shake the players' solidarity. "Unfortunately, maybe we need to miss a few games for them to know there's resolve among the players," he said, according to Berger.
The NBA issued the following press release on Monday evening to formally announce the cancellation.

The NBA announced today that it has canceled the first two weeks of the 2011-12 regular season because a new collective bargaining agreement has not been reached with the National Basketball Players Association. This cancellation includes all games originally scheduled to be played through November 14.

"Despite extensive efforts, we have not been able to reach a new agreement with the players’ union that allows all 30 teams to be able to compete for a championship while fairly compensating our players," NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Refunds plus interest are available for all NBA season-ticket holders for all preseason and regular-season games that are canceled.

Earlier Monday, the NBPA launched a Twitter campaign called "Let us play," hoping to curry public favor and maintain solidarity amongst its ranks.

Monday's meeting was an extension of last-ditch talks that began Sunday afternoon. Stern set Monday as the deadline for cancelling the first two weeks of the season when talks broke down on Tuesday of last week.

This post will update with the latest on the NBA lockout.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:03 am

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

NFL must be so much fun to watch!  All their fans would rather read about the NBA lock out and comment on how they dont care!

Obviously these people need to convince themselves that they really dont like NBA...  JOKERS

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:21 am
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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:27 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

If it's anything like the NHL's lost season (2004-05), then the draft will happen, provided both the players' union and NBA agree to a new CBA by the end of when the regular season would've taken place.  If both parties still can't agree, then the draft gets cancelled, yes.

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:13 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

Wouldnt be surprised if it took 5 years for the fans to come back.I have football(NFL and bowl games),NHL, and NASCAR starting in February.I am not going to miss the Thugs of sports.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:13 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

Let me know after the Super Bowl icf they settle. Up to then, who cares!

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:08 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

Cool.  Now I hope Stern and the owners crush these greedy bastards and totally make them cave in.

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:06 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

I thought this would bother me at first when I heard about the lockout, but thinking about it, I really dont care either, as do many of the fans. I think that all the players and owners are doing is showing how selfish they are during this time when the economy isnt the greatest. I wonder what will happen when fans stop coming to games, then they all end up losing money? Everyone ready for NCAA basketball, where the game can always be fun to watch and you cant just buy a team???

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:05 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

MLS playoffs starting soon!

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:04 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

tweet tweet,,, what is the average weekly salary these guys are tossing away..
Which side?  Remember, the owners are paying interest or rent on the buildings that are sitting idle and paying other salaries while not taking in any money.  I would imagine the owners are losing a lot more.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:03 pm

David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season

Anyone know what happens to next year's draft if the entire season is canceled?

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