There will be a whooooooole lot of violence if the year passes with no basketball and football.......
"Back in February 2009, union head Billy Hunter appeared on stage with commissioner David Stern. Hunter was asked, with the global economy in crisis, whether the two sides would begin talks on a new collective bargaining agreement ahead of schedule.
“Your question presupposes that David and I haven't been talking,” Hunter answered. “Yeah, we have been. I can't tell you that we are close to reaching a deal. But we have been talking.”
Two years and four months later, there’s still no deal, and the owners will lock out the players, effective at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday. The players and the owners held their final meeting here at the Omni Berkshire hotel just hours before the scheduled expiration of the current collective bargaining, and could not make enough progress to come up with a new agreement.