The NBA is set to cancel an additional two weeks after a lack of progress in negotiations between owners and the NBA Players Association, according to a report.
The announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday and will cancel the NBA season through Nov. 28, according to the New York Daily News.
The NBA had already canceled two weeks of the season -- totaling approximately 100 missed games -- with commissioner David Stern telling reporters that the league was likely to cancel its signature Christmas games if progress wasn't made in the negotiation talks.
NBAPA executive director Billy Hunter maintained after the meeting that the NBA has planned for three to four years for the inevitability of a lost season, despite Stern and owners telling the public that no one wants to lose a season.
I will call them to see if they want to get back together, Billy Hunter said on Bill Simmons' ESPN podcast Monday. But if they still say they'll only meet if I accept their 50-50 (proposal), to me that's a non-starter. I can't agree to meet if I don't know what is going to happen on the other issues. That is intolerable.
After it looked like some progress was being made with the two sides meeting for over 16 hours last Tuesday, it all seemed to blow up when Stern missed the negotiation meeting due to flulike symptoms. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver ran the meeting and the aftermath was a very contentious war of the words between Silver and NBAPA president Derek Fisher.
We've spent the last few days making our best effort to try and find a resolution here, Fisher said after the meeting broke down on Thursday. Not one that was necessarily a win-win. It wouldn't be a win for us. It wouldn't be a win for them. But one that we felt like would get our game back ... and get our guys back on the court, get our vendors back to work, get the arenas open, get these communities revitalized.
And in our opinion, that's not what the NBA and the league is interested in at this point. They're interested in telling you one side of the stories that are not true and this is very serious to us. This is not in any way about ego. There are a lot of people's livelihoods at stake separate from us.
The league has said that it doesn't want to cancel this season, but one owner admitted that as more time passes it becomes tougher and tougher to get a deal done.
We are getting in a situation where games are being canceled, the costs are getting more and more for all sides, which makes it tougher to make a deal. Both sides hopefully won't harden, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt told reporters after the meeting.
The main sticking point, as alluded to by Hunter earlier, is the revenue split between owners and players. The owners don't want to budge from a 50-50 split, while the players are looking for a 52-48 split in their favor. The negotiation talks have gotten increasingly contentious and some think it's only a matter of time before the NBA announces the cancellation of the entire season.