Friday, June 17, 2011
NBA cancels Las Vegas Summer League
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- The NBA has told the players that it will cancel its Las Vegas Summer League for 2011. An announcement will be made during the weekend.
The Vegas Summer League, which would have run for nine days beginning in early July at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center, has been in operation since 2004.
Speaking after the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations, deputy commissioner Adam Silver stressed that the cancellation of the Vegas league was simply a function of the calendar, not a threat to the players.
The NBA's labor agreement expires June 30. Owners and the players association are still hundreds of millions of dollars apart on how to split revenues, and the owners are still asking for a hard salary cap system.
Information from ESPN.com senior NBA writer Chris Sheridan was used in this report.