AP Source: NBA won't talk without 50-50 deal

October 7, 2011 - 6:50 PM
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NBA Commissioner David Stern, right, listens as deputy commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference following NBA labor talks meeting between basketball players and owners on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — A person close to the NBA players' association says the league is refusing to meet with the union unless it agrees to a 50-50 split of revenues.

The union is seeking a meeting with league negotiators before Monday's deadline to avoid canceling games, though the latest disagreement makes it seem even more likely the NBA will lose regular-season games.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because talks are being kept private, tells The Associated Press the union will go on with plans to meet with players Saturday in Miami and Monday in Los Angeles.

Commissioner David Stern has said the first two weeks would be canceled without a deal by Monday.

The AP left messages seeking comment with league officials.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) — Owners improved their offer and could do it again.

The players said they're staying at their number.

There's reason to believe a new NBA labor agreement could get done by Monday's deadline, and plenty more — millions of them, as in the dollars separating owners and players — to think it won't happen.

There have been no formal discussions since Tuesday, when players rejected the owners' idea of a 50-50 split of revenues. Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said that offer showed "even more potential movement on our part" and that owners "haven't made a secret of the fact that we'd very much like to make a deal."

The sides have a couple more days to try. If they fail, Commissioner David Stern said he will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season on Monday.