(NEW YORK, NY) - Negotiations between the NBA and its Players Association have reached a critical stage with the start of the season and maintaining a full 82-game schedule in the balance.
The two sides are scheduled to hold a full bargaining session today in New York City after meeting in small groups on Monday for about five hours.
Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver says yesterday's session was primarily about setting the table for today's talks.
The players have been locked out since July 1st and the teams were originally scheduled to open training camps on Monday.
The training camps were postponed last month with the first week of preseason games being cancelled.
The regular season is scheduled to open November 1st and time is running out for a new collective bargaining agreement to be approved in time for the season to be unaffected.
Among those expected to attend today's talks are the entire labor relations committee, about ten owners and a large group of players.
The owners are still looking for significant changes in the new CBA as they claim they lost 300-million dollars last season.
The only time the NBA has lost games due to a work stoppage was in the fall of 1998, when 32 games were lost and a condensed 50-game regular season began in early February of 1999.
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