No one really cared about losing preseason basketball games. Now, however, real games — and real reputations — are at stake.
Sure, they already canceled two weeks of the season. But there’s renewed optimism that the NBA can squeeze in an 82-game season if a deal to end the lockout is reached soon.
Maybe there’s some hope for NBA fans after all?
After another long day of negotiations, NBA players and owners left with nothing more than plans for another meeting.
NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day, shortly after finishing a 16-hour marathon with a federal mediator.
Here we are: NBA commissioner David Stern’s “G-Day.” Stern told WFAN last week that without a labor agreement Tuesday his “gut” was that there wouldn’t be pro basketball on Christmas.
I should have been watching an NBA preseason game last night. In three weeks, I should be watching the Knicks start their season against the Miami Heat. That’s not going to happen.
Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.
Top negotiators for both sides met for more than seven hours Monday, returning to bargaining about 14 hours after ending talks Sunday night.
Top negotiators for the NBA and players’ association met Sunday night in perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.
Without an agreement by Monday, the beginning of the NBA season will be canceled, and both sides will lose millions of dollars and perhaps countless fans.
The best part of Tuesday for NBA fans was the cancellation of the rest of the preseason. That means for season ticket holders like me, there will be no payments for preseason games that no one wants to go to.
So it comes down to this. After a lockout that has lasted more than three months, whether the NBA season starts on time could hinge on one “very huge day” in labor talks.
Smiling widely but even resorting to a memorable NBA cliche to avoid specifics, David Stern provided little insight into the direction of the league’s labor situation. That, he hinted, could come Wednesday.
So it’s come down to this: no labor deal, no training camps and no telling what else the NBA could lose.
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