[Orlando, FL] Let the games begin. Not the actual games, but the war of words to win the public sentiment. Let those games begin.
The Orlando Magic used the likeable Alex Martins to soften the blow to those hoping the team and the players would reach a settlement allowing the season to finally begin. It is not. The first two weeks have officially been cancelled.
An empty Amway Center is not what we paid all that money for, professional basketball team spokesman.
The personalized letter from Mr. Martins reads as follows:
As an important member of the Orlando Magic family, we are committed to sharing with you developments in the NBA’s collective bargaining process. Despite extensive efforts, the NBA has not reached a new collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union and has had to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season, including all games through November 14.
We share your frustration that an agreement has not yet been reached; we truly appreciate your patience and understanding throughout the bargaining process. During this time, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and aware of any related developments.
The NBA’s efforts remain focused on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement that is in the best interests of its teams, the players, our fans, and the game of basketball.
We appreciate your patience and thank you for your continued support of the Orlando Magic.
Enjoy the baseball playoffs and those NFL regular-season games basketball fans, because an agreement is no where in sight. This one might take a while.
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate
Image: Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic Resource: Orlando Magic email
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