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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NBA Season In Jeopardy

President of the Players Union Derek Fisher, center, talks with reporters after leaving stalled NBA labor talk meeting yesterday. (AP)

President of the Players Union Derek Fisher talks with reporters after leaving stalled NBA labor talk meeting yesterday. (AP)

Sports fans hoping for a quick transition to basketball after baseball’s World Series wraps up this month are out of luck. Last night, commissioner David Stern made good on his promise and canceled the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 National Basketball Association season – that’s 100 games – after owners and players failed to reach a new contract.

Stern said, “We just have a gulf that separates us,” adding that the sides are very far apart on virtually all issues. The cancellations mark the NBA’s first work stoppage since the 1998-99 season was reduced to 50 games.

Guest:

  • Gabriel Feldman, director of the Tulane University Sports Law Program

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  • Olorcain2

    You know it is really hard to feel sorry for either side.  Frankly both sides are greedy.  I feel sorry for the people who will not be making any money because these games are cancelled.  Are the players going to include them in this deal worth millions.  Sorry but I am just fed up with hearing about high paid athletes crying the blues because they need more money. 

    • BHA in Vermont

      I’ve thought the same thing for years. Players paid too much, coaches paid too much, owners making too much. What used to be a family outing is unaffordable. Even if you don’t go to games you are (over)paying these people – all the products that are advertized on TV during games are priced higher BECAUSE of the ads they air.

  • Jpfield

    Way too many people with way too much money than they deserve arguing over who gets what.  Plus, BHA, we all subsidize this crap directly with our cable TV bills.

  • Somnambulist

    Pity both sides. Both are greedy. Even if the season doesn’t go on, there will still be plenty of SEX, SCREEN and SPORT to occupy the little minds of the masses.
    Wake up folks. The party is over for you.  The parties have moved to the street demonstrations across the country against those 1% who own and control nearly everything. And that includes most of you who are nothing more than “wage slaves” for their pleasure.
    For the rich its about about achieving the 3 P’s:  POSITION, POWER and PELF.
    You are the pawns they use to reach these goals via diversion, deception, distortions, misinfo, disinfo and lies. Keeping you confused, frightened, unhealthy and sedated.
    They can do it as they CONTROL THE MEDIA.

    M=m3 MANIPULATION = MONEY x MEDIA x MANPOWER

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