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NBA Labor Talks Break Down Friday; All November Games Cancelled

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reports that labor negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have broken down again on Friday... ------------------------------- Talks between the players & owners just ended. Split of BRI is still the issue. Neither side budging. Players still at 52, owners at 50. David Stern will announce cancellation of more games this evening, sources said. ------------------------------- The NBA announced on Friday that all November games have now been cancelled. ------------------------------- The NBA announced today that it has canceled all games through November 30 because a new collective bargaining agreement has not been reached with the National Basketball Players Association. "We share the frustrations of our fans, partners, and those who rely on our game for their livelihoods," NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. "We remain committed to reaching an agreement that's fair for both the teams and the players and allows for the long-term growth of our game." ------------------------------- NBA commissioner David Stern offered this comment. ------------------------------- "Right now, our games are cancelled through Nov. 30. To the end of the month of November. It's not practical, possible or prudent to have a full [82-game] season now. We held out that joint hope together, but in light of the breakdown of talks there will not be a full NBA season under any circumstances." ------------------------------- Here's video of Stern's comments. A report on Monday indicated that Stern's cancellation was coming on Tuesday, but the two sides re-engaged in labor talks, delaying the announcement. The breakdown comes less than 24 hours after both sides expressed optimism that momentum was building towards an agreement. ed: edited and bumped to front page
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