Commentary: NHL follows NBA just so far
LOS ANGELES — The NBA season was slipping away as Thanksgiving 2011 approached.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association were so far apart in labor negotiations that players took the drastic step of dissolving their union by filing a disclaimer of interest, allowing them to initiate class-action antitrust lawsuits against the league. Based on Commissioner David Stern's insistence that the NBA would need 30 days from the time a handshake deal was reached until the season could start, prospects were bleak for preserving the showcase Christmas Day schedule.
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