NBA Lockout OverPosted in Blog
NBA players and owners agreed on a tentative deal very early Saturday morning bringing the 149-day NBA lockout to an end, reports Sports Illustrated.
If all goes well, the season will kick off on Christmas Day.
“We have reached a tentative understanding,” NBA commissioner David Stern confirmed during a press conference at 3:30 a.m. that followed a 15-hour negotiating session in Manhattan. “We’re optimistic that the NBA season will come to pass on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with a triple-header.”
Players will vote on the tentative agreement on Saturday or Sunday
But fans might want to hold off with the celebration. Some players say they plan to vote against the labor deal.
While either side will be able to end the 10-year contract after six years, the New York Times notes it is overwhelmingly in favor of the owners and will include a pay-cut for players, shorter contracts and smaller raises.