The news is worse for the league because it comes on the tail end of last season’s record success. Fan involvement had never been higher since the turn of the century and this certainly does not help. The last time a strike occurred was before the 1998-99 season, which had to be shortened to 50 games. Due to the lack of a training camp and to cramping of schedules that season resulted in sub-par play. The Players Union and the League will continue to meet and hopefully strike a deal before more games have to be cancelled.
The news is not all bad for sports fans however, ESPN has outlined a contingency plan to fill the void of NBA games with college football and basketball games.