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NBA Lockout Cancels Knicks-Celtics Preseason Game At Times Union Center

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First the NFL lockout prevented the Albany area from having Giants Training camp at UAlbany this year. Now the NBA Lockout is preventing a preseason game from happening at the Times Union Center.

The New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics were scheduled to play at the TU Center on October 15th, but it was made official today that the NBA has postponed camps indefinitely and cancelled 43 preseason games because an agreement could not be made with players.

NBA Deputy Comissioner Adam Silver made this statement today:

“We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games. We will make further decisions as warranted.”

With 2 teams with large fan bases in the Albany area, Times Union Center Manager Bob Belber was disappointed in this decision telling the Times Union:

It was a perfect game, we would have ended up with 12,000-plus people.”
Belber also told the newspaper that the game could have generated $50,000 or more in profit for the arena, whose bottom line has been struggling due to the fewer concerts tours coming to town with the down economy.

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