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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
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 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.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:23 am

NBA, Still Clueless.

Hammer it out so you can start on Christmas day. Just Clueless, they should have never mentioned that, makes them look so incredibily stupid. If they actually think people will watch the junk that will be NBA first few weeks of a season after rushed camps, etc. over football then they just need to go back to the drawing board. More likey it's just they are so clueless and have no idea that Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. Great businessmen they are.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:30 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I agree the fans should hold out and not attend games and make the NBA, the players and owners feel the same way we did during the lockout Yell

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:02 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

The sports public should boycott the opening day by not watching or attending. What a statement that would be to the league. In any event, we still have the Bears-Packers on Christmas as a reminder of what real sports entertainment and selfless teamwork looks like.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:48 am
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Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:45 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I'm curious of the details of the agreement and the processes that need to take place before the players go back to playing basketball.  The Free Agency period will be exciting.  After that please wake me up when it's April.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:35 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

LOL! All the players did was cost themselves millions and millions in lost salary and lawyer fees! In all seriousness, how in the heck does Billy Hunter have a job?

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:24 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

<span style="color: #000000;">Who cares.  Over paid.  The moron players want more money and will end up in bankruptcy anyways after wasting on bling and tigers and rolls.  Freaking idiots.  At least the owners know what to do with their money.  $80 to see a game that is meaningless until playoff time anyways.  Havent bothered with joka$$ league in years.  College only basketball worth watching.

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:13 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

What a sad day.  Now we get to see 24/7 coverage of the Heat again....great.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:00 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

GREAT....I can't wait to attend a dozen or so games this year....NOT, have not been to a professional (or college) basketball game for nearly 15 years.  Overpaid players, and owners - cost of a ticket need to decrease.  I will also do my best to not even watch these chumps on the tele.

Truley was hoping for a complete cancellation of the season   :(

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:58 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

inmymind, you couldn't have said it any better.  Few people cares for the NBA, today.  The league and players have put a black eye on the sport of basketball.  I for one could care less for the game.  I was once an avid follower of the NBA.  Now, I see the NBA as a joke.  

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