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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: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:47 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I don't care anymore

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:38 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

NBA Owners...  Don't do it!

The entire economic structure of the NBA needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up in order to maintain the fiscal viability of the league for the next decade.  At least as concerns the mid and small market teams.  Unless the NBA wants to consist of 10 or 12 teams located only in major markets, this union needs to be broken.  The owners should continue to push for a complete distruction of this BS union and let the players rot.

Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:33 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

THATS WASSUP! hopefully they can seal the deal and get the season goin already so the lakers can whoop that ass

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