Report: NBA Cancels Summer League As Potential Lockout Looms Nearer


April 13, 2011

With all the talk over the current NFL lockout, it's easy to forget that it isn't the only league with some important decisions to make in 2011.

On Wednesday, it was learned that the NBA has canceled its annual Las Vegas summer league and axed its annual summer internship program in two rather ominous signs that the league may be heading for a lockout come July 1, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.

The Las Vegas summer league, which serves as a venue for little-used veteran players and rookies to gain game experience, was set to run July 9-19, while the NBA internship, which generally employs close to 30 college students, takes place annually over a 10-week period each summer. 

The NBA will also refrain from sending any teams abroad for training camp and has avoided scheduling any preseason games in Europe.

Negotiations broke off between the owners and players in mid-February, but they are expected to pick up again later this month. The current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.

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