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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: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:17 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

About time lets tip this thing off!!!!



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:16 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

NOOOOOOOO!!!  I loved having the NBA locked out. The NBA is the worst!  Stay locked out!  Please!



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:07 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Why because there is souch parity in the NBA?  This sport is a joke when it comes to competition. There needs to be 20 teams not 30!



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:02 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Okay, they reached an agreement.  That was expected at some point.  Here is the multi-billion dollar question.  What is it about this agreement that could not have been reached 159 days ago?  I mean, I really don't care but just would like to know for the heck of it.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:56 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Thats great for the NBA and the fans. We have a season now and it may not be a full season but 68 games are enough to get excited about and its time for my Lakers to take claim of their rightful NBA championship this season! Way to go NBA and we all knew you guys coould come together and make this thing work!



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:47 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

does not matter to me, I WILL NEVER WATCH THIS CRAP AGAIN



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:42 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Why?  It's enjoyment.  I feel no sympathy either but I still will support them...my team is my team and I'll watch them forever



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:41 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Awesome tentative agreement has been reached!!!!!!!!!!  Time to save your money and don't go watch these millionaire babies and billion dollar owners fight over your lonely dollars.  



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:40 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

you sure that will still be the opener?



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:39 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Berger should still not be a writer for such a good site.  This guy hears a story from his sister and he will report it.


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