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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: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:49 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

If your not a fan of basketball and dont care about the NBA then dont take the time out to complain since you dont care. Honestly you must have an interest in basketball to come on a NBA post and write paragraphs on it. If you dont care then dont waste your time its annoying..... Cant wait for the season to start, last year was a successful season



Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:48 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

TRUE DAT!!!!



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:45 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Exactly...it's not like basketball from old, like true rivalries of the 70's-early 90's.  You don't see quality basketball anymore; or players that play for the love of the game.  THE NBA sucks, and since we don't have that quality anymore...I personally don't care, and only hoped they would stay locked out. 



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:42 pm
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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:41 pm
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:38 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Let's Play!!!! Good time to Start: Christmas Day




Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:36 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Very well said Phaze. My thoughts exactly. Wonder how most of these spolied losers would do working two jobs 60 hours a week?  Very nice comment guy.



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:31 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Bummer. I thought we could go a whole season without having to watch the most boring sport with the most overpaid athletes in the world.  Drive the lane, get fouled, shoot free throws. Wow, what a thrill.  Thank God for the NFL and the NHL season that takes us to baseball.  The NBA should be ranked right around the excitement of soccor, tennis and chess.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:24 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Yeaaaaaaaa, they're back.  Wait, I barely noticed they were even gone, so who cares?

Should be interesting to watch the damage control by the owners to try and get fans back in seats.  And it also should be interesting to watch a couple pulled hamstrings a night due to lack of conditioning.  

And it is tentative.  Lots of stuff still has to happen...like the players, who have had no clue what was going on, now need to vote on it. There has been some dissent to the new deal, so that should be interesting.   



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:19 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

This is just icing on the cake. Completely disgusted, I only pray the arenas are empty, but I'm pretty sure they wont be because there are far too many sheep in this country. I for one will not have anything to do with the NBA, but I'm quite certain it matters not. Enjoy your millions guys, you've worked hard for it!


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