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NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:15 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 4:02 am
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Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

After representatives of the NBA and its players met for 15 hours of labor negotiations Friday into Saturday, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com first reported that a "tentative agreement [was] reached, according to one of the negotiators."

The lengthy face-to-face meeting re-opened negotiations after the National Basketball Players Association disbanded to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league last week.

Talks began at noon Friday and ran past 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The NBA and its players held a joint press conference after 3:30 a.m. to announce the tentative deal.

"We have reached a tentative understanding," NBA commissioner David Stern confirmed. "We're optimistic that the NBA season will come to pass on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with a triple-header."

Training camps would begin on Dec. 9, according to Stern, if everything plays out as expected. Yahoo Sports reported that free agency and training camps would open concurrently once the deal is approved by both sides.

Former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter repeated Stern's message.

"I want to announce... that we are happy that we have been able to reach a tentative litigation settlement," Hunter said. "We're going to turn it all over to the lawyers ... and see how that proceeds ... "Once we present it (to players), we're confident they will support it."

The three games originally scheduled for Christmas Day include: the Boston Celtics at the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks, and the Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stern said that the league has scheduled a conference call with the NBA's Labor Relations Committee to present the proposed agreement on Saturday. The NBPA must re-form its union to ratify the agreement as well. This step is considered a formality.

"We want to play basketball," said San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, head of the NBA's Labor Relations Committee. "Let's go play basketball."

Here's video of Stern and Hunter announcing tentative agreement on Saturday morning.



Berger 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 Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, 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.

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.
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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:44 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Darn....Why do the NBA and its players have to ruin Christmas?  Cant they wait until after the Bowl Season to burden us with their hystrionics, gambling, and gun-toting.  This is a great College Basketball season so far....that Marcus Jordan is fantastic.

Boycott NBA!



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:37 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I was just beginning to enjoy the greatest basketball season ever (college without nba coverage).  The more things go for the players, the worse it becomes for non front running fans (fans of the game) and it is fast becoming more of a game than a sport at the "professional?" level.  Having missed this much, i realized even another year off would have helped basketball by adding a little humility.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:13 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!! 

Listen to all the bitter babies who said the NBA was done forever and that no one cares, well your gonna have to suck it up buttercup and change the channel when the highlights come on!!! Not to mention the free agent signing and new flurry over the next month!!!! 

What are you going to do?

I have a suggestion.

Here's a rope, and a wooden chair with a shaky leg. 

I have to deal with peoples infatuation with men wrestling around on mats with the steroid'd up , fixed UFC, Tennis, Soccer, Arena Football and a few other lame things the world could do without , so sports fans can give me a break when I want my NBA fix. 


SportEnthusiast
Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:56 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2011
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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:05 pm
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Nothing like commenting your entire post in underline to hide the fact that your post has no point


jakemarkdo
Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:43 pm
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Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:46 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Read the majority of the NBA Bashers comments...."Thugs", "Dumb", "Ghetto."  And the majority of these commentators laud the NHL, where, of course, there are no "dumb thugs."  I've seen way more player injury due to on ice thuggery than I have in the NBA....and they always site the infamous Pacers brawl that went into the stands a few years back as evidence of the NBA's "thuggery."  Guess they forgot when Mike Milbury went into the stands in Madison Square Garden and beat a fan with his own shoe....but that's not thuggery, why?




Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:42 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:29 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Good news, let's ball!


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