Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 11:30 am
NEW YORK -- As expected, the NBA on Friday indefinitely postponed the start of training camps and canceled preseason games scheduled from Oct. 9-15 -- a total of 43 games -- because it has yet to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.
"We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games," deputy commissioner Adam Silver said. "We will make further decisions as warranted."
Camps were scheduled to open Oct. 3.
Although the owners on Thursday moved off their previously proposed split of revenues, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. They remain apart on dollars andr continue to have opposing views on what kind of cap system the new CBA will have -- with owners wanting a hard cap and players calling it a "blood issue" they will not accept.
Commissioner David Stern was briefing the full labor relations committee by phone today and then the two sides will discuss scheduling details for another bargaining session early next week -- prior to the Jewish holidays, which begin Wednesday night and run through Friday.