Start of NBA season believed at stake in weekend talks
Miami Heat star LeBron James arrives at NBA labor talks in New York on Friday.
September 30th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Start of NBA season believed at stake in weekend talks

NBA fans might know by the end of the weekend if the regular season will start on time November 1, with team owners and locked-out players gathering in New York for crucial talks aimed at a new labor deal.

Deputy commissioner Adam Silver told reporters this week that the league is “getting very close” to having to delay the regular season if significant progress isn’t made in this weekend’s talks, which began Friday.

Commissioner David Stern may have gone further, warning Wednesday of “enormous consequences” if progress isn’t made.

“Then it won’t be a question of just starting the season on time, it will be a lot at risk from the absence of progress,” he said.

The owners’ labor relations committee and a players’ committee – joined by some stars who aren’t on the players’ panel, such as LeBron James - were meeting Friday, and could meet Saturday and Sunday, according to NBA.com.

Team owners have locked out their players since July, when the last collective bargaining agreement – a contract between the teams and the players union which outlines the rules of the players’ pay – expired. One key issue has been the owners’ demand for a hard salary cap, driven in part by claims that 22 of 30 teams lost money last season.

SI.com: One group of owners holds key to ending lockout

The lack of a deal prompted the league to postpone training camps that were supposed to start next week, and cancel 43 preseason games that were supposed to be played October 9-15.

NBA.com writer Steve Aschburner has noted that regular season games wouldn’t happen immediately after a handshake agreement. The deal would need to be ratified, and a free-agency period would need to be squeezed in, not to mention preseason games.

Asked on Wednesday whether the league could start a season without preseason games, Stern said he wouldn’t “deal with hypotheticals.”

“I’m focused on (getting) the two committees in and … whether they can either have a season or not have a season. And that’s what’s at risk this weekend,” Stern said.

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  1. PooDIPIDI

    Enjoy your money from sports while it lasts barbarians. With the way the economy is going, in a few of years, no one is going to care about basketball.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvhou812

      I'd argue that they'd care even more. The sport likely will make less money, but people will want an escape from their troubles. With that said, NBA will miss at least a partial season.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    YEA!

    October 1, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kessas

    agreed. People will want to escape? The only thing they will want to escape will be poverty and being unemployed.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    who cares?? march madness is the only basketball anyone cares about..
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    kobe killed the nba when he and his buddies back doored that lady..

    October 1, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u.

    Just don't LeBron make any gaurantees on this. We've already seen how is "gaurantees" work out.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    We do not need a 9.1 unemployment rate at all . We just need to fix our economy.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sara12

    Why are people so worried about the NBA in today's economy? If most people cannot even make their house payments, these men should not be paid what they are being paid. If the season is starting late because the teams cannot meet the player's salary demands, the team should reduce the player's salaries.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
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