Late last week, the NBA announced that if it could not strike a deal with the NBA Players Association by Monday, the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 season would be cancelled. In a matter of hours, the Monday meeting that may have potentially saved the first two weeks of the season was cancelled.
Reports have emerged about shouting matches during the negotiations as the two sides are so far apart in negotiations that they cannot even stand to meet with one another.
Make no mistake, this contract dispute is far more contentious than the one the NFL endured over the summer. Unlike the NFL, some NBA teams are losing money and owners want to change the way players are paid.
The players are willing to make some concessions, but these attempts at compromise are not to the owners’ satisfaction.
In other words, this is just the beginning.
I don’t want to set off a panic, but there is no telling when, or if, the 2011-2012 NBA season will open. From the jaw-dropping to the jovial, here is a list of things NBA fans will miss if this season is canceled.