29 Oct 2011

NBA cancels November games with no deal struck

4:39 pm on 29 October 2011

The National Basketball Association has cancelled another two weeks of the season and concedes it's now too late to save the entire 82-game season - even if owners and players reach an agreement to end their bitter labour dispute.

The announcement to scrap all games through the end of the month of November came after a third straight day of talks between the feuding parties ended in New York without an agreement.

The pre-season and the first two weeks of the regular season were already cancelled although some progress was made by the two sides on salary cap issues over the previous two days of negotiations at a Manhattan hotel.

But the division of basketball-related income once again proved to be the main stumbling block despite the players offering to reduce their share from 57 to 53 percent, then lowering that to 52.5 percent last week then again down to a possible 52 percent - still not enough for the owners, who had formally proposed a 50-50 split.