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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 7:20 pm  |  25 responses

NBA Cancels All Preseason Games, Regular Season Games in Jeopardy


Today’s labor talks went absolutely nowhere, and with both sides saying they won’t even be negotiating for a while, the League canceled the remaining preseason games. Regular season games are likely next, if a deal isn’t reached by Monday (don’t hold your breath.) Yahoo! Sports has the depressing details: “[David] Stern announced the cancellation of the remaining two weeks of the preseason and set Monday as the deadline to save the Nov. 1 start of the regular season. The league and players union don’t have another negotiating session scheduled after talks broke down Tuesday. ‘We’d like to not miss the first two weeks of the season, but it doesn’t look good,’ Stern said. After Players Association president Derek Fisher declared Tuesday’s meeting ‘huge’ in determining whether the regular season would start on time, union and league officials couldn’t narrow the economic gap between them to generate substantial progress. The two sides don’t have another meeting scheduled. ‘We find ourselves where we expected to be: a lockout that may jeopardize a part, or our whole season,’ Fisher said after the four-hour session at a Times Square hotel.”

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  • Danny_W_UK

    Greedy MuthaF*ckers………….

  • Hornet31

    Oh well, there goes the season. At least the word “concepts” wasn’t mentioned.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Real games on the line and they meet for four hours!!! The lack of urgency is killing me.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    You forgot to mention how the players said they’d go down to 53% from 57% for BRI while the owners moved from 46% to 47%. Absolutely ridiculous. The owners are not doing this in good faith at all – they’re simply trying to force a lockout, scare the players, and hope they cave since they know the players need the money more than they do.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    looks like the only nba games that will be played this year is 2k12 on my ps3. i’m just gonna boycott all the current players and play exclusively as Penny on the 94 Magic.

  • Fat Lever

    Good. They are underestimating the fans and our importance. See what happens, fools.

  • pp

    who are the greedy ones i dont know

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Take out of the equation, for the moment, your passion for the game and the fact that this is Billionaires vs. Millionaires. Instead place this issue in the context of what we see happening in our political arena. It seems like compromise is a bad word and neither side appears to care whether their lack of a willingness to compromise destroys the future of the entity–whether that entity is the league or the country. I know that sounds extreme, but think about it. It is the paradigm we’re immersed in right now.

  • MUBWAR

    now the players look greedy. I mean a 50/50 split is the most reasonable thing. And here Fisher is like we can’t do anything under 53%. Well I just got my 2k12 copy, SCREEEEEEW Y’ALL

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Explain to me how the “players look greedy”? They are the ones that agreed to reduce their BRI share by as much as 4% while the owners are still stuck on 47%. The owners (many are already billionaires) are the only greedy party here.
    The players are in a lose/lose situation. If the season is lost, they suffer the most and if they cave and agree to a smaller piece of the pie, they lose. As much as I’m rooting for the players to stand steadfast, the reality of missing an entire NBA season sucks.

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    well this sucks… 2k12 is pretty dope though

  • Clos1881

    @jtaylor cosign the players will always get the blame because of their visibility it’s very few people that can pick 90% of the owners out of a lineup so they fans will blame the people they can see.

  • dma

    no nba, and possibly the end of the simpsons? the end of the world really is near.

  • http://sheridanhoops.com/2011/10/04/nba-lockout-update-5/ IAMORANGE4EVER

    Click my name for a good article by Chris Sheridan. Gives you a little hope for both sides to come to an agreement within the next 5 days.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

  • da real

    players are not being taken seriously because of Baron Davis’s stupid hipster outfits, hahaha

  • http://shinefluidpt2@aol.com yada

    start your own league

  • Knowsitall

    #basketballneverstops

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    these guys are idiots, the NBA would jeopardize their relevance that to took so long to get get back after Mike second retirement.

  • http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7058281/we-need-renegade-basketball-league MikeC.

    Great article over on Grantland that solves all our problems. Fun read too, click my name and have a lockout laugh.

  • slamfan4life

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:’(

  • Yesse

    I don’t think they are able to scare the players. They get alot of good deals in europe and as long as the lockout lasts, they will stay there.

  • Justin

    There’s greed on both sides obviously. But to say the players are not the bad guys in this is ridiculous. The owners have lost hundreds of millions of dollars during the last CBA and they pretty much don’t want to give in (other than the 4% on the BRI)? The Larry Bird exception, mid level exceptions, and things like that need to go. A hard cap needs to be put in place. While blame can most certainly be put on a lot of owners for escalating salaries, the players aren’t exactly blameless either with threats to hold out. I’m pretty sure the players realize that they got WAY the best of it last time around and they don’t want to have to fire a maid or two this time around. It’s pathetic

  • bike

    A 50/50 split sounds reasonable but never, under any previous CBA, have the players been under 53 percent. So it’s still a mental blow to the players. It’s also a smart ploy by the owners to make it look like the players are holding things up. However, losing a season will hurt the players more than the owners so I say, players, accept the deal and move on.

  • bull22

    if the NFL (owners and players) were able to come to a deal over more then double when the NBA makes, this is pure nonsense… all these veteran players who are playing hardball are really hurting the new players with their selfishness… hunter and the nba players association picked the worst possible time to prolong this… gundy is right, many of us will go spend our money elsewhere…

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