NBA: Stern warns that season may be in jeopardy

October 14, 2011 04:37

National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern warned on Thursday that the entire season could be in jeopardy if significant progress toward a collective agreement is not made early next week.

The NBA canceled the first two weeks of the regular season after owners and players were unable to resolve a bitter labor dispute on Monday.

The owners and players association are scheduled to meet separately with federal mediator George Cohen on Oct. 17 and then jointly the next day for a bargaining session.

"Each side is going to meet with the mediator on Monday, and if there's a breakthrough, it's going to come on Tuesday," Stern said in an interview with David Aldridge for NBA TV.

"And if not, I think that the season is really going to potentially escape from us, because we aren't making any progress."

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