Saturday, October 8, 2011

NBA, games expected to be canceled

NEW YORK, The NBA players’ association wanted a meeting and said the league would grant one The one condition. Just agree first to...
a 50-50 split of revenues. Players already rejected that offer once. The league confirmed it wasn’t moving beyond that number but wanted to meet about other issues, and it said the union wasn’t interested.All that matters: An on-time start to the NBA season now seems even less likely. Commissioner David Stern has said the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if the sides can’t reach a labor agreement by Monday, and it now appears the sides won’t even talk before then.

However, the report said that the owners wanted the players to agree to a 50-50 split of basketball-related income (BRI) before any meeting. It said the players rejected that condition and the owners responded by saying that there was no need to meet. The NBA locked out its players July 1 after the most recent labor deal between the sides expired. Unlike the labor strife that caused NFL lockout, which long appeared to be solvable, the problems facing the NBA have led observers to warn about a prolonged dispute like the one that canceled the 2004-05 NHL season.

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