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NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:54 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver

NBA commissioner David Stern announced on Tuesday that the league would cancel the rest of its preseason schedule effective immediately and expected to cancel the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 regular season on Monday, Oct. 10, as a result of a lack of progress in ongoing labor negotiations between the league and the National Basketball Players Association.

"Today we will be announcing the cancellation of the rest of the exhibition season and by Monday we will have no choice but to cancel the first two weeks of the season," Stern said. Back on Sept. 23, the NBA announced the cancellation of the first two weeks of the preseason. 

The NBA's regular season was supposed to start on Nov. 1. 

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said that the two sides do not currently have any further negotiating meetings scheduled and that the next meetings might be "a month or two months" away.

Here's video of NBA commissioner David Stern cancelling the preseason and the likely delay of the regular season.


Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:53 pm

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

Fact of the matter is dumb team owners that don't know how to build a chemistry laden, winning team, want the players and fans to pay for it.  In ANY OTHER business in the world, when you make a bad decision, you lose money.  Thats what the owners need to do.  If Best Buy accidentally bought a billion crock-pots instead of the latest LED TV's, Best Buy would lose alot of money.  Thats the same thing going on here. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:48 pm

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

mauxdeverite you made me LOL.  

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:45 pm

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

Nice try justdc5, and you're almost right on the money. The point is actually this: I WAS, emphasis on WAS, and NBA fan. Then crooked floor officiating, a commisioners office focused on big money markets, and greed on both sides of the labor table sent me packing, never to look back. What I actually DO care about is my community and the effect it has on me and my neighbors by being held hostage by an industry that has ridiculously over valued since Magic and Bird saved it from extinction in the 80's. 41 home games do not make or break a city or region. An NBA team is a very nice ornament to be hung on a city's Christmas tree, but only if that tree doesn't look like it's been torched and denuded by years of greedy corporate carpetbaggers. Sacramento might keep a team like the King's around, but it will be the choice of the citizens, and on our terms. The NBA will make money here, if, and only if, they realize that the fans that host them ( they are, after all, only visitors to the city in which they play) are the ones in charge.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:56 pm

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

Im startingt to get it...  All these fans saying "cancel the season" and "I like NFL and NCAA hoops" but still reading all these articles and commenting are really die hard NBA fans using reverse psychology in similar fashion to how some NBA players are using foreign leagues to get a deal done.

Good work guys!!  Keep making those comments so more journalists pick up on what you say and fire up a media frenzy about how many fans are being lost due to negotiations and will entice players and owners to come to an agreement...

YES!!!  I hate the NBA too...  **wink** **wink**  Cancel the season  **wink** **wink**

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:48 pm

Why a lost season will save Sacramento

The canceled season in Sacramento is about to give the citizens and political hacks of tomatoe town a crystal clear picture of exactly how little they need an NBA team. 41 dates. That's it. That's all any team plays in the towns that they are so quick to remind will dry up and blow away like dust if they don't receive a tax payer purchased half Billion dollar playpen. Buh. Buh-ill-ee-uhn. When Sacramento not only doesn't implode and in fact discovers new ways to entertain and provide distraction for central valley residents of California, the NBA will suddenly find themselves in grave condition across the country when trying to squeeze more money out of local govt. People will have concrete evidence from a season of no games played, provided by the greedy people who couldn't steal enough from each other while displaying complete disregard for the fans who once were willing to provide the cash for a ticket for their pocketbooks.
Cancel the season and see what happens. Sacramento will walk away from any table set by the NBA that demands tax dollars for a big kid's game. Intelligent and thoughtful care will become the norm across the nation before desperate politicians are blinded by threats of a so-called loss to the community when an NBA team leaves. Watch them leave. Billionaires will find new ways to make money, millionair players will make millions playing for a truly global league that includes Europe and Asia.
And none of will shed a tear when the moving fan arrives to cart them away. We'll be occupied with our new found love for college ball, the hungry minor league kids that still play for love of the game... any game, and participating in our own night of sport and excericse.
It may not breathe it's last here in 2011/12, but the NBA, and it's muscle flex as we once knew it are making it easier every day to care less when or where they ever play again. 

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:30 pm

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

Im a Spurs fan to the bone, and love basketball as much as any other sports lover does.  But I am sick of hearing about this lockout already.  We were told by the NBA bigwigs that yesterday was 'D' day, now they're saying another 48 hours or even Monday!  It makes no sense that the owners can't give a little more!  If the owners that are losing money don't know how to build a winning team, they need to sell the team or work on they're marketing!  Look at the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The head idiot in charge drafted FIVE guards if i remember correctly, then complained about not having enough size.  Is that the players fault if the owners are only looking for money and don't really care about basketball?  The players want to play, but greedy old fogies are looking at one thing.  The bad owners need to take notes from winnig owners.  Peter Holt?  No crybabys, egos, extra flash, or single minded players on his team.  What happended?  he won 4 championships.  Mark Cuban; LOVES his team to death.  He wins a championship by building a championship team.  I will miss the NBA, but will happily watch football and go golfing during the summer if I need to.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:27 am

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

To Stern and all the NBA players:  Nobody cares!  Seriously, the NBA could go away and I would not even notice until playoff time.  Then I would shrug my shoulders and watch college hoops.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:06 am

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason


Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:02 am

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

Who needs the NBA? There's a local playground court down the street with chain nets where I can watch pretty much the same game. If nobody is there, can always go down to the prison and watch the game in the yard. In the meantime, I can catch my favorite NBA star in the police blotter section the newspapers, or on Cops.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:58 am

NBA commissioner David Stern cancels preseason

"take their own ADVISE and go away"?  What is ADVISE?   You make some good points.  Too bad you come off as unlikeable and arrogant and lose people from the start.

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