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NBA informs teams that games through Dec. 15 have been canceled

Nov 15, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

To match Interview NBA/STERN Reuters

From the department of redundancy department, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports brings us the news that the NBA informed teams this afternoon that games through Dec. 15 have officially been canceled.

Yes, seriously.

After the disastrous events of Monday — you know, where the union for the players decided they’d rather choose decertification and what will likely be a lengthy battle in the courts over continuing the collective bargaining process with an ownership group that refused to budge further after already receiving a mountain of concessions — the need to notify teams of the cancellation of more games didn’t exactly seem to be there.

Commissioner David Stern has said on multiple occasions that the league will need at least 30 days from the time an agreement is reached to start a season, and he said Monday after the union’s decision that the NBA is entering its “nuclear winter.” No one thought that games on or before Dec. 15 were anywhere close to being played, and no one was looking at the schedule saying, “Well, maybe, if …”

The announcement to teams was pointless;  it was already known that no games would be played in the next 30 days, or likely, at any time in the foreseeable future. No word yet if the NBA is also planning to inform teams of the color of the sky or the dampness of water, but if and when they do, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

  1. danielcp0303 - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Schedule doesn’t matter anymore anyways, they’ll redo the schedule whenever or if a deal gets done. Just another tactic. Why can’t both sides act like adults and get a deal done for all the people and workers out there?

  2. charlutes - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Stand strong players. Stern is a lying spinster and the owners are crooks.

    • yournuts - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:44 AM

      and the players are what? well paid prostitutes who think there bigger than the crooks? David Stern made the NBA what it is today and marketed everybody in the NBA. Sad that you can’t see the nose on your face charlutes.

  3. bjtmeyer - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Less money for them, more money in my pockets.

  4. 8man - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    And now we are down to about 62 games. Hmm. Fifty was nice back in the nineties. That’d be a nice number for my aging Celtics as well.

    Tick, tock….

  5. tapefolie - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Good!!!!!

    I hate b-ball

    • brooklynbulls - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM

      And I hate hockey….but yet I never visit hockey sites. I guess not everyone follows that logic

      • leearmon - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:12 PM

        Amen brother. Couldn’t have said it better myself

  6. brooklynbulls - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Most brilliant round of negotiations ever!! You have billions of dollars just growing on trees for the nba. Instead of “We will take X billion dollars and you guys will get Y billion dollars”, they decide to leave it all out there and no one waking away with anything. It’s mostly about pride and ego now.
    There’s not much I’m willling to swallow my pride for….but money? I’ll chew it, swallow it and digest it before you count to 2. This is unbelievable

  7. charlutes - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Brooklynbulls second last post, best post of the NBA lockout.

  8. semperfiguy1011 - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    The players are really more stupid than I thought. Rather than take a deal where both sides felt some pain, which is the true measure of compromise, they decided to just blow up the entire freaking season. Screw the fans, screw the arena staff, screw everybody. I’m glad the owners are taking a hard line. Time to put them in thier place once and for all. The players are so gonna regret not taking the deal while it was on the table. Now, they are ulitmately going to get much less and are going to end up costing every player following after them.

    • n2thaizzo - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      People! Do you read the reports? The players AGREED to comedown to 50% from 57%. That is a fact. They didn’t accept the deal because they wanted concessions from the owners in regards to the ability to move where ever as a free agent, and the owners didn’t want to conceed. Stop blaming the players for this. What have the owners given up in these negotiations?

      • yournuts - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM

        owners don’t have to give up anything Einstein. There the OWNERS. BRI was OVER EINSTEIN. The players did not give up anything. Can I have a hammer to bang it in your head. When the contract was over the BRI was over. It wasn’t something the players GAVE to the owners. Get over this and then you will understand. Basketball related Income is OWNED by the OWNERS. The players get salaries and endorsements. The owners are sharing the BRI and they had decided to share 50/50 but the players needed to WIN some more money when the LEAGUE LOST money. The OWNERS said NO WAY, NO HOW. Stop blaming the OWNERS.

      • leearmon - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:36 AM

        You are aware that the owners locked out the players? So the staff who works at the arenas, the camera men and women who broadcast NBA games, the parking attendants and so on can look only at the owners for their loss of work. Please explain how the players prevented these people from making a means to provide for their families. The BRI wasn’t over, actually, it has stopped because there is no season as of yet, but there was a BRI last season, and every season before then so I don’t know why you say “BRI was OVER EINSTEIN”. That actually makes no sense.

        And the players did agree on a 50/50 split of the BRI (actually not 50/50 because the owners get a cut off the top before the split) and that would have addressed the owners claims of losses. However that wasn’t good enough for Stern and company. They issued ultimatum after ultimatum and finally the players struck back. The players are not without fault in this breakdown of negotiations, but I find it laughable that you, or anyone for that matter can soley point the blame at the players. Did they dunk on you when you were a kid or something?

      • n2thaizzo - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        Answer this genius. If the owners don’t HAVE to give up anything, why are there negotiations? Why can’t the owners just say, these are the rules, now play ball? The answer is simple, they need the players just as much, as the players need them. Ultimately in negotiations, you give some, you take some.

  9. stoutfiles - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Why doesthis matter again? The NBA season is about 30 games too long as it is. I’d prefer a regular season that means something if you’re letting 16 teams into the playoffs.

  10. charger383 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    I think big time pro basketball is done. College BB players better start going to class

  11. triplet78 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Enough with the BS, NBA. The game is diluted, the only time the teams play their hearts out are the playoffs (well except Lebron) and oh wait, these clowns make millions and pull guns on teammates in locker rooms (see Gilbert Arenas). And who can forget Meta World Peace (Ron Artest) beat up a fan? Yeah NBA, go eff yourself!

  12. yournuts - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    If you only played 50 games then the players would only get a little over 1/2 their salary.

  13. bearsstillsuck - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    the deal that was offered was a good one, and they should of taken it. the only reason they didn’t was because they didn’t like the fact they it was an ultimatum. the players are so petty and stubborn that they threw away a good deal for pride.

  14. 1historian - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    Breaking news:!!!

    “”Public informs NBA that increasingly large numbers of people DON’T CARE!!!!”

  15. gmen1987 - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Let them fight. Not many people are missing the NBA.

  16. joeh3 - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Cancel the whole season for all I care. Stern, you deserve what you’re getting.

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