David Stern cancels first two weeks of NBA season
The NFL avoided missing any of its season after a prolonged lockout this year, but it looks like the NBA won't be quite as lucky. Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the year on Monday after 13 hours of failed negotiations between the players and owners, ESPN.com reports.
The talks, which were spread out over two days, made little progress in bridging the widening gap between the two sides. There are a number of contentious issues on the table including pay raises, luxury taxes and lengths of the contracts. The decision will cancel all games through November 14, and Stern hinted that if any season gets played it will likely be shorter than the usual 82 games.
This marks the second time in NBA history that a lockout has spilled over into the season. In 1998, the year was just 50 games long after a similar labor dispute. Players associations executive Billy Hunter believes that the owners are looking at the discussions the wrong way.
"I think everybody's waiting for the players to cave," Hunter told ESPN. "They figure that once a player misses a check or two, it's all over. I'm saying … that would be a horrible mistake if they think that's going to happen, because it's not going to happen."
But the repercussions of the cancellation are more far-reaching than just angering the players. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, everyone from stadium ushers to security personnel to restaurant employees are going to have their hours cut, not to mention lower-level team employees may be without a job.