Any announcement of the cancellation of more games is on hold while the NBA owners and players meet Wednesday.
What all of this means, in terms of ending the nearly four-month-old lockout, remains to be seen. But the good sign is that the two sides are meeting again, after three days of talks last week with a federal mediator broke down abruptly when the owners put a take-it-or-leave-it 50-50 revenue split proposal on the table. The players countered with a proposal that would give them 52.5 percent of the pie, leaving the two sides roughly $1 billion apart on the revenue split. The two sides never got to the other major dividing point, which is the issue of a hard salary cap.
Perhaps this time will be different, with much smaller groups meeting at an undisclosed Manhattan hotel. If not, it’s almost certain that more games will be cancelled by the end of the week.
The NBA has already called off the first 100 games of the 2011-12 season from Nov. 1-14. The next 102 games, from Nov. 15-28, are also in jeopardy. But what is interesting about the cancellation of games is that there are reports that the NBA is planning to scrap the original schedule it released in July and start over with the available arena dates once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
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