NBA nixes Summer League
It appears a lock-out may be looming in the near future in the NBA. The NBA has nixed its Las Vegas Summer League, and summer internship program. The NBA is also not sending any players abroad for summer training camp, or scheduled any Fall games overseas.
“No decision has been made on summer leagues,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank told ESPN.com on Wednesday. He declined to discuss the league’s timetable for making a decision. (quote from full article courtesy espn)
Read the excerpt, courtesy nydailynews:
In two more signs that the NBA is gearing up for a lockout starting July 1, the league has scrubbed its annual Las Vegas summer league and has also scuttled its annual summer internship program, according to league sources.
The Las Vegas summer league normally starts around July 9, with upwards of 20 teams, including the Knicks, sending little-used veteran players and rookies to compete over a 10-day period.
Also, the NBA usually hires about 30 college students to participate in a 10-week internship program in the league’s offices in New York and at the league’s entertainment division in Secaucus, N.J.
In preparing for a lockout, the NBA is also not sending any teams abroad for training camp, and did not schedule any preseason games in Europe for this fall.
Owners and players have not held formal negotiations since mid-February, but are expected to resume talks this month. The collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.
(excerpt from full article courtesy nydailynews)