Basketball: American season in tatters as talks fail
Thursday 15 October 1998
"My job is to put on games for the fans, not to cancel them. It's terribly disappointing," the commissioner, David Stern, said.
A total of 99 games between 3 and 16 November will not be played or made up, and most players will miss their first paychecks.
Their union submitted an 11th-hour proposal - a luxury tax on players re-signing when clubs break the salary cap for free agents - to address the owners' concerns over escalating salaries. But it was not enough to save the full 82-game season.
The NBA had been the only major American professional league not to have lost a game to a dispute. Baseball's disastrous strike of 1994-95 wiped out the World Series, ice hockey's National Hockey League suffered through a 10-week lockout that ended in January 1995, and an NFL strike in 1987 lasted about a month. Two previous NBA lock-outs, in 1995 and 1996, ended before any games were missed.
"We players feel we're taking steps to bridge the gap," the players' union president, Patrick Ewing, said. "Now the ball is in their court to take steps to get closer to us."
The union's proposal would require owners to pay a tax on certain huge contracts, such as the $126m (pounds 78m), six-year extension signed by Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves last year when he was just 20.
A source close to the talks said the tax would apply to any contract worth more than $18m, with a rate of 50 per cent for the amount over that threshold. Money collected from the luxury tax would be redistributed to less well-off teams, much like the system adopted by baseball.
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
food + drink
Latest in Sport
Mesut Ozil reveals he really is the Superman at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is Batman and don't make Lukas Podolski angry - it's the Arsenal Christmas Party
Transfer news: Liverpool - January transfer targets
Brendan Rodgers says missing out on Spurs job was a 'close shave'
The most underrated players in the Premier League
Transfer news: Chelsea - January transfer targets
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 27 animals died during filming of Hollywood blockbuster The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, says report
- 4 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 5 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: QA .NET Agile UNIX LIN...
£35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# ASP.NET SQL Develop...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: C# .NET SQL Developer (Software Developer, Softw...
£500 - £650 per day: Harrington Starr: Excellent opportunity for Murex Subject...