NBA Lockout (Sort of) Over
The NBA and players have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The deal sets in motion a series of steps to end the lockout and play a 66-game schedule in the 2011-12 season, with opening day on Christmas.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s over. Finally.
Well, sort of.
Last night, Commissioner David Stern and Union Boss Billy Hunter settled the major system issues and tentatively agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
There is still work to be done on the rookie salary cap, drug testing, and other minor issues.
Both sides felt confident enough to shake hands and the owners lifted the lockout. Bottom line: we will probably have basketball. A 66-game season is slated to start on Christmas Day.
What about the damage to the sport?
For months, the NBA was criticized for not getting their house in order. After all, the NFL didn’t cancel games. And MLB quietly achieved labour peace last week.
All parties looked especially foolish arguing over the last crumbs on the table. And much of the momentum from last year has been lost.
Still, there will be basketball. That is far more than most expected.
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