NBA commissioner David Stern announced that the league would be cancelling the first two weeks of its regular season after seven hours of negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association on Monday failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement.
Here's the press release.
NBA CANCELS FIRST TWO WEEKS OF REGULAR SEASON
NEW YORK, October 10, 2011--The NBA announced today that it has canceled the first two weeks of the 2011-12 regular season because a new collective bargaining agreement has not been reached with the National Basketball Players Association. This cancellation includes all games originally scheduled to be played through November 14.
"Despite extensive efforts, we have not been able to reach a new agreement with the players’ union that allows all 30 teams to be able to compete for a championship while fairly compensating our players," NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said.
Refunds plus interest are available for all NBA season-ticket holders for all preseason and regular-season games that are canceled.
The cancellation means that the Portland Trail Blazers will lose a Nov. 3 home game against the Denver Nuggets, a Nov. 4 away game against the Los Angeles Clippers, a Nov. 6 away game against the Phoenix Suns, a Nov. 9 away game against the Denver Nuggets, a Nov. 10 home game against the San Antonio Spurs, a Nov. 12 home game against the Detroit Pistons and a Nov. 14 home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Blazers are now left with just 75 games on their schedule.
Thee two sides will remain in communication, Stern told reporters in New York on Monday, but no further talks have been scheduled yet.
Here's a radio hit about the NBA lockout that I did on Monday night with Washington D.C.'s WTOP.
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