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NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:00 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 3:12 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Representatives of the NBA and its players met for more than 15 hours on Friday in New York City to reopen face-to-face labor negotiations after the National Basketball Players Association disbanded to file file an antitrust lawsuit against the league last week. Ken Berger of reports that a "tentative agreement reached, according to one of the negotiators." 

Talks began at noon Friday and ran past 3 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The two sides are reportedly aiming to hammer out an agreement that would allow the NBPA to salvage a 66-game regular season that would begin on Christmas Day. It is assumed that the NBA needs a roughly 1-month lead time to get a new season up and running, and Friday was exactly one month prior to Christmas.

Ken Berger of reported that, in addition to former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, former NBPA president Derek Fisher and former NBPA board member Maurice Evans, the players were led into the negotiations by attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy. The league was represented by NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt and NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan. NBPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who recently said that Stern treated NBA players "like plantation workers," was not present, although Yahoo reported he did participate via conference call.  

The two sides reportedly exchanged "back-channel" communication on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 10, when the NBA made its latest formal proposal to the players, which was rejected, as the players opted to file suit instead. 

Saturday is the 159th day of the ongoing NBA lockout.

This post will update with more information. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:39 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

The only good thing about this is the Mavericks get to hang their championship banner with the Heat as their special guests. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:37 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Damn it I was hoping they would miss a full season.  Don't feel one bit of sympathy towards the players and owners in this, the only people I feel truely sorry for are all the stadium workers and bar owners that rely on the NBA for income.  Screw all those billionaires and millionaires whining about money.  Tough crap for you, wake up to the real world where tons of people are unemployed.  Never spending one cent on anything NBA related, I hope others join me in the boycott.  

Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:36 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

nba haters, please get out...some of us actually enjoy the nba season so go watch soccer and 0-0 scores. 

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:28 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Finally I get to see the Knicks kick some a$$

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:28 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

All Im looking forward to is watching LeBron run his mouth and come up short again. Sorry D-Wade. You got mixed up with the wrong bratt.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:26 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I'm not going to lie - I haven't missed the NBA for a second thus far. When billionaires and millionaires are fighting over money while the rest of us are struggling to make ends meet & maintain a serviceable living for our families. You know who the real losers here were? Owners? Nope. Players? Nope. How about the poor folks who relied on the concession jobs in those arenas? Is anyone going to make it right for them> Hardly. I'll be surprised if I watch any of this watered-down product this year, especially since the NCAA season is looking fantastic thus far! Bye NBA - it was nice knowing you.
Phaze1966 bullseye, bullseye, bullseye. While I am at it 5 stars to you on your comments.
For those who may be in a state of denial, people in this lousy economy could give less than a rat's tail about the "financial struggles" of billionaires and millionaires. This has been evidenced by the fact that the biggest beneficiary of the NBA lockout has been the NCAA and not the National Football League. Here is a link from Sports Illustrated link as proof: . This in my opinion is probably because the NFL had their own Lockout saga and people struggling to make ends meet simply are not sympathizing with fights over billions of dollars. Sports is supposed to be an escape (albeit a temporary one) from daily problems not a reminder of it. Maybe just maybe one day commissioners, onwers, and players will learn this and do right by the fans. However, I will not hold my breath waiting for that to ever happen.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:08 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Great! Now we can get these thugs off the street and get them back on the court and get them playing dirty basketball!!

I have grown to hate the NBA! 

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:05 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Sorry- "Mortgage"

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:03 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:02 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

So the fans now get the privilege to overpay for out of shape, hastily put together rosters???  I'll pass.

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