MN Case Stayed until December 9

As requested by the players, the federal judge in Minnesota has stayed the proceedings until December 9th, 2011.  The NBA must answer or respond by that date.

The full order can be found here:

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Players’ Request Minnesota Judge to Stop Proceedings

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:

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Tentative Agreement Reached

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.

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Day 147 Roundup

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.

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