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NBA labor talks turn nasty as negotiations end

October 21, 2011 • National News


Federal mediator George Cohen speaks at a news conference following the end of talks in the NBA labor negotiations, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in New York. NBA owners and players met for a second straight day, shortly after finishing a 16-hour marathon with a federal mediator. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA labor talks turned nasty and broke off Thursday when three days of meetings failed to yield a deal to end a 112-day lockout, raising the likelihood that even more games will be canceled in an already fractured season.

After 30 hours of negotiations before a federal mediator, the sides remained divided over two main issues — the division of revenues and the structure of the salary cap system.

“Ultimately, we were unable to bridge the gap that separates the two parties,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We understand the ramifications of where we are. We’re saddened on behalf of the game.”

Without a deal, NBA Commissioner David Stern, who missed Thursday’s session with the flu, almost certainly will decide more games must be dropped.

The season was supposed to begin Nov. 1, but all games through Nov. 14 — 100 in total — already have been scrapped, costing players about $170 million in salaries.

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