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NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 10:20 pm
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Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

You thought you knew about the 2011-2012 NBA regular season. But you had no idea. (Explosion noise.)

The New York Times reports that the NBA will craft an entirely new 2011-2012 schedule once the lockout finally ends, sending the schedule released back in July to the scrap heap.
Whenever the lockout is resolved, the N.B.A. will build a new schedule from scratch, using all arena dates that are still reserved, according to people who are aware of the league’s plans. N.B.A. officials declined to discuss the issue Tuesday.

Thus, the decision to formally announce cancellations is an academic exercise, and perhaps a bit of a political theater. The announcements serve as a warning shot to the league’s 430-plus players, a reminder that they are losing hundreds of millions of dollars.

So far, the N.B.A. has canceled 100 games, scheduled for Nov. 1 to 14. The next cancellation announcement would cover the balance of the November schedule, at a minimum. Or the league could elect to postpone all games indefinitely.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that the owners and players will return to the bargaining table on Wednesday.
Six days after talks broke off in a nasty public dispute, NBA owners and players will return to the bargaining table Wednesday, the Daily News has learned. The two sides are scheduled to meet in a midtown Manhattan hotel, according to league sources.
On Monday, a report surfaced that the NBA was planning to cancel an additional two weeks of its regular season schedule on Tuesday. However, a formal announcement was not made on Tuesday.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com notes on Twitter that the announcement of decisions to cancel games is unimportant.
I'm sorry, but timing of cancellations is silly. Players aren't checking email for that press release. They know when pay day is. If a deal is reached, games could be rescheduled. If no deal, more games will be lost. Timing relevant only as bargaining tactic. 
This shouldn't be an entirely shocking development given that the first month of the season is essentially compromised. Ensuring a proper balance in home/road games, division/conference opponents, a fairly equal number of back-to-backs and three-games-in-four-night, and the like is no easy task.

Is it likely that the new schedule looks vaguely similar to the original? Sure it is. Teams will still have the same days they can't use arenas and they will still have the same desires for marquee match-ups on certain days of the week. The television networks will still have the same desire for TV-friendly, starpower-driven rivalry games.

But lopping off the first month (or two months, or three months) and pretending it never happened wouldn't adequately solve all of these delicate issues. So here we are: not knowing when games will be played and not knowing which games will be played. 
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goodbeek
Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:07 pm
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Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:37 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

Already told the family not to buy me any Lakers/NBA stuff for Chirstmas/birthday.  I know that's going to send the players/owners back to the table, but if a few million others do the same thing.....we'll see.  I've written off the season and won't be watching; even they finally come to an agreement.  Bring on more Iron Chef!!!  Laughing



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:26 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

The NBA sucks. Who cares, there was a reason years ago the NBA stood for the National Boring Association. There are to many prima-donnas, thugs, and one-on-one play. I hope the season gets cancelled!



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:25 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

(Even if I were to overlook that whole "you got to" thing.) Tongue out



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:23 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

it is hard to take a persond heart filled comments when it appears that they are uneducated. At least for me.


And it's hard to respect criticism of someone's composition skills when that criticism comes from a person who doesn't realize the phrase is "heartfelt", not "heart filled". At least for me. Smile




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:39 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

Let me translate... Since no games will really be cancelled, there is a lot less for the players to be concerned about. The checks will come, but just later than usual. This totally reduces the urgency for the players to get this deal done. This is great news for the players, who seemed to be pushed to the edge. Now they can relax, knowing nothing will really be cancelled, only postponed. This is a horrible position for the owners to be in and very stupid that they allowed this to leak. It's hard to believe these so called 'business men' made this mistake. This lockout will carry on....



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:29 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

The regular season was only 82 exhibition games to set the field for the play offs.  So whenever  (or if ever) they get back to play,  just have a really big round robin tournanment  that ends in June.  There really aren't too many who would care who wins, and I'm not one of them. NCAA games start in November!  MARCH MADNESS set to begin...



Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:52 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

WHO CARES about the NBA, this has been the best pro basketball season yet, all because there hasn't been one, keep holding out boys no need to have a season at all this year!  In fact why don't you guys work on a long term lockout so that maybe you all can wipe next season off as well! Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping one of the worst sports ever to watch off of my television! 



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:20 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

Dude, you got to spell THEIR right. I know it seems a small issue, here on the internet, where nobody cares about such things, but it is hard to take a persond heart filled comments when it appears that they are uneducated. At least for me.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:07 am
 

NBA doesn't cancel games; Wednesday meeting set

Ofcourse the ONLY relevent piece of information is WHO requested the meeting---the players or the owners.....In other words, which side is ready to cave....Ofcourse it goes back to both sides want to appear the victor, yet hopefully the owners tell the players to 'pound salt'......

When Fisher said it wasn't about 'ego' I smirked very loudly.....

Small market owners better NOT give in to the demands of the players...If you think the NBA is irrelevent now, just wait till there are 5 teams getting attendance....

It is hard to believe that the NBA is still relevent anyway.....Seriously, it doesn't seem like fans care until the playoffs....Now that folks no the Heat loses, just like anyone else, I bet the ratings fall alot more this year, even during the playoffs...



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