If Washington Wizards fans were hoping to see their team unveil their new jerseys, they will now have to wait until December at the earliest.
The NBA met with the players union on Friday in order to attempt to move negotiations along in hopes of ending the lockout as soon as possible. Instead, the talks broke down after it became clear that neither side was willing to budge. After the talks ended, the executive director of the union, Billy Hunter, spoke to the press. He told them he felt "snookered" by a conversation he had with NBA Commissioner David Stern on Thursday, in which Stern suggested that the owners would be open to compromise on Friday.
The two sides are still far apart on an agreement concerning the division of basketball-related income, and the owners are unwilling to make concessions on issues like luxury taxes and guaranteed contracts.
Friday evening, Stern announced the cancellation of an additional two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season, which would mean all games through the end of November. There is no word yet on when talks will resume, but at least some union representatives have already booked flights out of Los Angeles, which indicates there will be at least some delay before the next meeting.
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