Breakdown Of NBA Lockout Talks Will Lead To More Cancelled Games, Says Report

NBA lockout talks broke down on Friday for the fourth time in four weeks. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that, as a result, NBA commissioner David Stern will announce the cancellation of additional games late Friday. It hasn't been reported how many games the league will lose, and whether a quick restart of talks over the weekend could save those games and the ones cancelled by Stern weeks ago.

In early October, Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season, claiming 100 games. But as optimism rose in recent days, Stern indicated that the league would preserve as many games as possible once a deal was reached. Reports that all 82 games could be played in a season starting Dec. 1 crept out.

On the bright side, given Stern's previous statements that the league needs 30 days from handshake to basketball, the league and players' union have until Tuesday to get a deal and, in theory, keep an 82-game schedule.

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