The NBA certainly knows how to schedule drama.
At noon on Christmas Day, when the curtain finally rises on the better-late-than-never 2011-12 NBA season, Knicks fans will be in for a treat.
As NBA players and owners wait to see who will blink first, fans are stuck staring at a blank calendar.
No one really cared about losing preseason basketball games. Now, however, real games — and real reputations — are at stake.
Maybe there’s some hope for NBA fans after all?
According to the New York Daily News, the NBA will announce “at least” two more lost weeks of play on Tuesday.
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.
Yes, the NBA is on the fast track to hardwood hockey, on the verge of the very thing that killed the NHL – a ruined season.
NBA owners apparently weren’t bluffing when they said they wanted competitive balance just as much as a chance to profit.
Top negotiators for both sides met for more than seven hours Monday, returning to bargaining about 14 hours after ending talks Sunday night.
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.
With perhaps days left to avoid further damage, negotiators for owners and players are talking again in hopes of ending the lockout.