The NY Times is reporting that the NBA will allow its players into practice facilities starting on Tuesday, though they will not allowed any supervised basketball activities. The move appears to be the first step in the lifting of the entire lockout, which cannot happen until both sides ratify the CBA (CBS). The ratification process is slated to take place next week.Read More
Today, the players’ lawyer in the Minnesota case (consolidated last week) sent a letter to Minnesota District Court Judge Patrick Schiltz asking the court to “stay all proceedings” through December 9, 2011. The letter is the first and only notification so far to the court about the tentative settlement reached last week.
You may read the full letter below:Read More
A tentative deal has been reached in the NBA lockout talks (ESPN), with two sides announcing that they will send the deal to their respective bodies for approval. The ambition is to start the NBA season on Christmas Day with a tripleheader. NBA.com is reporting that the deal will have a “band” approach from 49-51 percent of BRI, with more likelihood of reaching that 51 than in previous offers.
It appears, from reports earlier this morning, that a number of players may actually still vote against the deal, but a majority will still carry to approve it (Yahoo! Sports.)
Chris Sheridan provides an extensive breakdown of the specifics of the deal.Read More
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
As reported earlier, the NBA and the players have been meeting in lower-profile negotiations this week. Talks will resume tomorrow.
- Sam Amick (SI.com) provides a holistic analysis of the NBA lockout, now in its fifth month.
- Chris Bosh told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel the lockout was orchestrated to enable the teams to retain control and end future players from leaving in similar fashion (SpursNation).
- Ken Berger (CBS) is reporting that both sides have been in contact with attorney Jim Quinn, who was instrumental in resolving the 98-99 lockout.
- Billy Hunter has mentioned (ESPN) that he does expect the courts to get involved in mediating the dispute.
- CNN/Fortune’s Shelly DuBois criticizes David Stern’s negotiating tactics and management of the lockout, cited in the article as one of the uglier ones in recent memory.Read More