The fan-friendly NBA Jam Session -- held each year in conjunction with the All-Star Game -- is the latest casualty of the lockout.
The Jam Session, the league's interactive fan event scheduled during the All-Star Game festivities, and had been set for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Feb. 11-14. The game is still scheduled Feb. 14 for the First Union Center.
Russ Granik, the NBA's deputy commissioner, said Monday that the Jam Session requires more lead time than any other All-Star event, and that vendors and sponsors could not set up in time for it.
"We are determined to have an All-Star Weekend if at all possible, and we will try to substitute an event for Jam Session that has a shorter lead time." Granik said.
The stalled contract negotiations between the NBA owners and players associations have led to 97 missed games. If negotiations yielded a settlement immediately, the earliest the season could start is Dec. 15.
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