Basketball: NBA may end season in January

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The Independent Online
THE NATIONAL Basketball Association in the United States is ready to cancel the season on 7 January if no agreement is reached with the players over the 17-day labour dispute.

The NBA deputy commissioner, Russ Granik, has declared the League would recommend to their Board of Governors it should vote to cancel the season on 7 January.

However, he also said he expects to meet again with the Players' Association before then. It is the first definitive "take it or leave it" date announced by the League. NBA commissioner David Stern had avoided mentioning a definitive date, claiming it would hamper negotiations and, without an agreement, the season would cancel itself. Some players have indicated they are ready to agree to the owners' latest offer.