The National Basketball Association (NBA) commenced a lockout of its players since July 1 until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with the National Basketball Players Association. Unfortunately, according to the news “NBA cancels first two weeks of season; sides still far apart” published by the NBA.com, up to now the prospect of negotiation seemed gloomy.
David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said both sides are “very far apart on virtually all issues”, which means the new NBA season will start until both sides can come to an agreement about the labour dispute.
Since the dispute arose, heaps of the players chose to go abroad such as JR Smith signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China. Kenyon Martin opted to sign a one-year contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. And lots of overseas players would like to go back to their countries. Then as long as the negotiation done, most of the players will come back. But they still have a long way to go. The league won’t be able to play a full 82-game season in 2011-2012. Stern has said the league’s 30 teams together lost $300 million in each of the past three seasons. That’s the main reason both of sides could not settle down. All the owners are trying to find a way to make the largest income.
As most news published by NBA official website (e.g. the news mentioned in my first post), this piece is also a formal, credible and informative one. The correspondent uses various reliable sources, such as David Stern and Union president Derek Fisher. A video of “labour update” is attached to report more information for viewers.