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NBA May Cancel Exhibition Games

September 24, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The NBA is planning to cancel at least some of its exhibition games as a labor stalemate and lockout goes into its 13th week, according to The Washington Post.

The newspaper quoted deputy commissioner Russ Granik as saying that cancellation of the first week of the exhibition schedule would be announced Thursday.

``There’s no chance we can hope to be ready to plan any exhibition games in the first half of October, and we might as well let our fans and promoters know that,″ Granik said.

NBA training camps are scheduled to open Oct. 6. and the first exhibition games are scheduled for Oct. 13.

The regular season is scheduled to open Nov. 3. But NBA commissioner David Stern has said a month might be needed to allow an abbreviated free agency signing period and training camp once any agreement with the National Basketball Players Association is reached.

Team owners want to create an inflexible ceiling on team payrolls while the union wants a flexible cap that could be exceeded to allow a team to re-sign its own free agents.

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