NBA Commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season on Monday, and in his latest media interview, he gave fans more to worry about. In Stern’s eyes, if no progress is made by Tuesday he believes games will not be played on Christmas.
“Right now, Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, just before my owners come into town, having brought in the labor relations committee and Billy (Hunter) having brought in his executive committee, it’s time to make the deal. If we don’t make it on Tuesday, my gut — this is not in my official capacity of canceling games — but my gut is that we won’t be playing on Christmas Day.”
The sides will meet with a federal mediator on Tuesday, and stern hopes to agree to a new CBA by then.