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NBA Cancels All-Star Jam Session

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.

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  • 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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