Saturday , Aug , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stern: Labour Day Weekend is Key Deadline

"If Labor Day comes and goes without us ready to huddle in and kiss off our Labor Day weekend to make this deal, then we may be headed to a bad place," Stern said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Find a calendar and jiffy marker. Now circle Labour Day weekend.

NBA Commissioner David Stern identified the September holiday as a key date for owners and players to make progress on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Stern also told ESPN’s Bill Simmons things would get ugly if there was no headway by September because owners would reduce their offer to compensate for lost revenue from cancelled exhibition matches.

Say what you like about Stern’s comments. At least there’s now urgency to negotiations.

Players and owners have spent the previous 43 days (the lockout began July 1st) posturing, blaming, and doing nothing.

One way or another, we’ll know if the lockout has any chance of getting resolved.

–Oly Sandor.

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