Start of season at stake in proposed weekend labor talks | NBA.com

NEW YORK — A huge weekend looms in the NBA’s labor dispute, with both sides committing to negotiations Friday and potentially Saturday and Sunday in hopes of preserving the start of the 2011-12 regular season.

The owners and the players met for a second consecutive day Wednesday, not so much making progress as agreeing that the three-month-old lockout had reached a critical stage: By the time the two sides wrap up this weekend, they and everyone else might know whether labor strife will force the NBA to postpone or cancel regular-season games for only the second time in its history.

“There are enormous consequences at play here on the basis of the weekend,” NBA commissioner David Stern said after a four-hour bargaining session. “Either we’ll make very good progress and … we know how good that would be. Or we won’t make any progress and then it won’t be a question of just starting the season on time. There will be a lot at risk.”

via Start of season at stake in proposed weekend labor talks | NBA.com.

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