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Monday, October 4, 2010

Terror alerts, transit strikes and Murphy's Law for the NBA ...

The NBA has run into some rough timing with this past weekend's U.S. State Dept terrorism alert for European travelers and today's London underground public transit strike both occurring during the league's "NBA Europe Live" Tour.  

See today's wire report:

Millions of commuters in London face travel chaos Monday as the latest 24-hour strike on the Underground train network causes major disruption to the city's transport system.
The second walkout in a dispute between unions and the Underground operator over proposed job cuts will force Londoners to cycle, walk or take their cars to make it into work.
About 3.5 million Underground journeys are made on a normal weekday.
Activists began mounting picket lines outside Underground stations late Sunday as the strike got under way at 7:00 pm (1800 GMT).

And, this ran early Sunday morning:

LONDON -- NBA teams currently in Europe will go on with their planned preseason activities amid heightened terror concerns, but the league has promised to take "appropriate" security measures.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are in London preparing for their preseason opener on Monday at the O2 Arena. The New York Knicks were to play Olimpia Milano in Milan on Sunday.

Officials for both the Lakers and Timberwolves said the organizations and the NBA have been in close contact with authorities to assess the risk situation, but that the players have not been told to change their habits or sightseeing plans.

The State Department issued a travel alert on Sunday for Europe that advises U.S. citizens living or traveling there to take more precautions about their personal security.

"The NBA is staying in contact with the U.S. embassy, the CIA and Scotland Yard," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "They are keeping us informed of the situation."

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