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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: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:26 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

It's obvious that the players caved due to the fact that they needed money to pay for their Christmas bling.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:22 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Sound a little biased there big bad bears.  I see nothing special about D. Rose coming from South FLA. We seem to have 3 players I would rather watch than a shoot forst point guard.  Maybe U shpuld worry about the Bears and Caleb Hanie. Enjoy the rest of the NFL season.  That was just Karme w/ Cutler's injury. What a sour puss. Enjoy.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:20 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Who this is good for--the owners--who cares, the players--who cares--all of them are millionaires & they acted like none of them had a dime to their name during this. The winners are the employees of each team who now have their jobs back--the owners & players ought to be ashamed for putting these people out of work in the first place.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:15 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Honestly, who cares.  I was hoping they never would come back.  Besides Derrick Rose, no one else in this league was worth watching.  All overpaid thugs who don't deserve an average salary of over 6 million a year.  I'm disappointed.  Count this fan as one who won't come back.  

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:12 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

So, the players ended up settling for Stern's 47%?  After all, that's what he said would be left for them if they didn't take his last offer, which they did not.  That is, unless that ultimatum was completely BS.  I hope the players walked away with less than they were offered earlier in the process.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:32 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

At least the NBA bashers will have something new to bitch about at their weekly Klan meetings.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:31 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

GOOD! THANK GOD! (Think Bill Erwin on "the old man" Seinfeld episode)

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:30 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

I find it amazing, simply amazing, that so many people here claim they don't care about the NBA and yet they read this article and took time to post on the comments.  That is dedication to showing how much you don't care.
Now if only people would show they didn't care like this towards other real world issues, we could possibly find solutions.

Though, if so many don't care about the NBA I would suspect that all these comments wouldn't of been here and I would also suspect that not to many of you would go see a game this season in person or on TV.  Ratings and attendance should be zilch and the NBA will end.............of course we all know that isn't going to happen though as plenty of you will tune into a game or go see one live. 

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:26 am

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Awwwwwww, too bad NBA bashers.  First Obama was elected and now the NBA season is saved.  Tough last few years for you guys.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:09 am
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