15 Nov '11, 1am

NBA season in doubt as players reject offer and look to courts for arbitration

NEW YORK - Faced with a deal it could not accept, and a negotiating process that had reached a dead end, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) elected to disband yesterday afternoon, thrusting the National Basketball Association (NBA) into chaos. The prospect of reviving the 2011-12 season now rests with the courts. Billy Hunter, the executive director of the now-defunct NBPA, made the announcement just before 2 pm (1am, Singapore time), after a four-hour meeting of union officials and player representatives from all 30 teams. A letter informing the NBA of the union's decision was sent before Hunter took the podium. "The players just felt that they had given enough, that the NBA was not willing or prepared to continue to negotiate," Hunter said, with more than 40 players packed behind him in a small hotel conference room. "Things were not going to get better."...

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