Tuesday , Oct , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stern cancels two weeks of season, says ‘too far apart on all issues’

Stern wiped out the first two weeks of the season – exactly 100 games – after more than seven hours of negotiations failed to produce a new labor deal and preserve the Nov. 1 season openers.

The cancellations mark the NBA’s first work stoppage since the 1998-99 season was reduced to 50 games.Stern said players and owners were "very far apart on virtually all issues. … We just have a gulf that separates us.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’ve been playing with fire for too long. And now they could get burned.

NBA players and owners have had little success finding common ground on a new collective bargaining agreement, which would solve the league’s three month old lockout.

So the inevitable finally happened.

Today, Commissioner David Stern kyboshed the first two weeks of the season, putting at risk last season’s gains and the future health of the league.

Shame on the owners. Shame on the players.

Perhaps the owners’ hardline stance during negotiations was unfair. Perhaps they were making up for years of overpaying the league’s mediocre middle class.

Either way, both parties are at fault for the current predicament. Something or someone has to give.Or, the cancellations will continue.

-O.Sandor

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