NBA Lockout Is Over: Owners, Players Reach Tentative Labor Deal
NBA Owners, Players Reach Tentative Agreement
After five months, the National Basketball Association lockout is coming to an end.
According to reports, NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and look to begin a 66-game season on Christmas Day.
“We want to play basketball,” NBA commissioner David Stern said.
After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season. This handshake deal, however, still must be ratified by both owners and players.
Stern said it was “subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25.”
The league is looking to open training camp on December 9th and begin the season with a tripleheader featuring the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls vs. the LA Lakers.