NBA Cancels Season’s First Weeks

    NBA commissioner David Stern speaks to reporters after a meeting with the players' union, Thursday, June 30, 2011 in New York. Despite a three-hour meeting Thursday, the sides could not close the enormous gap that remained in their positions.

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    Well, so much for hating LeBron James this year. As talks between owners and players stall, NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season. After seven hours of negotiations Monday, Stern said the sides are still “very far apart on virtually all issues.” Trimming the season, if a deal is reached eventually, will undoubtedly hurt the league's TV ratings, which surged last year as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the controversial Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. All games through Nov. 14 have been canceled.

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