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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: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:57 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Maybe I'm wrong but weren't they suggesting to start on Christmas day since the lockout started, CONSPIRACY???

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:54 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

This truly is a sad day, a national day of mourning. I really thought I was going to be able to get through the winter without being bombarded by the antics of these rich crybabies. So sad.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:53 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Who gives a crap! Wouldnt be a shame if Leclank blew out both his ACL's

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:51 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

So, the "plantation owners" won, eh?  Was there any doubt? What was the big deal about playing on Christmas Day anyway? If December 25 is the biggest day of the NBA season they're still in bad shape.  All that spending time with the kids and family loved ones is overrated when it comes to watching the tattooed "plantation workers" bounce the orange around.  lol 

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:48 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Finally they realized, no one was caring.  There were more talk in one day about the NFL strike than the entire time these folks we on strike. The league is weak, the players play only for themselves and aside from a handful of players, once they get the big contract, they go soft.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:45 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Who cares? I was really hoping they cancelled the entire season.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:43 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Hey TeeJay, are u aware that Obama is half white, and who was raised by his WHITE mother cause his BLACK father was a dueche and a deadbeat. Hey i voted for Obama, but it seems the most racist people in the world are black people. And people bashing the NBA arent bashing cause 90 percent of them are black they are cause the greed factor. But like most racist people in this world they only see and believe what they want- like you u see Obama as a black president and not a mixed raced president. And if any race or religon should be racist its the Jews.

beer is great
Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:38 am
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:37 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

The local strip clubs will be happy that players can once again afford to make it rain.  Then, of course, every player has a hungry "posse" full of sycophants to feed.  Oh, did we mention the agents?  I'm sure they're happy they can start getting paid again, too.  I wouid imagine that the players realized that the owners had a lot more resources to wait out a full year or a lawsuit than they did.  
Their main problem now is getting back an audience who realizes that they really didn't miss the NBA all that much.  College and HS games are cheaper, more fun, and the players aren't getting paid nearly as much.  And there's nothing like going to a HS game where every seat is a great seat for five dollars or so and getting a hot dog and coke for two dollars. 
In other words, you can get a ticket, a hot dog, and a coke at a HS game for less money than the typical NBA player tips a stripper. 

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:35 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

wow...who cares?...I hope they play to empty houses

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