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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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. 
Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:00 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

This is the worst news I've heard today.



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:51 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

what to watch on christmas, NBA or NFL? sorry NBA. You lose again.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:46 am
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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:45 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

In reference to the racist comments-- David Stern is not a racist. If he was the NBA wouldn't be filled with African American coaches and upper management which has changed greatly since he's become commissioner. You can't call people racist just to prove the players were right. Both sides were wrong and its too bad none of them will suffer for it now. Things might be a little slow this year but by next year no one will remember any of this bull, especially when the new arena opens in Brooklyn and they sell out every game.



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:42 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Who cares?  The NBA product has declined so much over the past couple of decades the game is nothing more than a joke these days. 



Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:30 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I DONT CARE



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:22 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Anyone want to start a petition to boycott the NBA?  I will be more than willing to sign it!  These guys are so overpayed it's ridiculous!  When are we going to finally get the salary for these guys under control so the average citizen can take the family to an event and enjoy a game, without having to budget for it for weeks in advance?  I won't lie, I do enjoy the NBA but I am tired of hearing about the millions of dollars these guys are bickering over.  Get over it!!!



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:09 am
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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:06 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.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:04 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Have fun filling the seats.. I think you burned bridges with the most important aspect of the whole thing-- the fans!


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