NBA Lockout Ends
After 149 days, the NBA lockout has finally come to an end. The two sides have reached a tentative deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement [CBA]. Details on the new CBA are still forthcoming, but here is what we know so far.
The NBA will play a 66-game season.
Opening day will be on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. A nationally televised triple-header is scheduled.
Free agency and training camps will begin on December 9.
The post season will begin one week later than during a normal 82-game season.
Here are comments from the principals in a statement released by NBA.com:
David Stern: Well, we’ve reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations but we are optimistic that will all come to pass and the NBA season will begin December 25th, Christmas Day, with a triple-header. I won’t give you the details to tune in yet. We are very pleased that we have come this far.
There is a lot of work to be done in a lot of places, with a lot of committees and player groups and alike but we are optimistic that it will hold and we will have ourselves an NBA season.
Billy Hunter: I want to announce on behalf of those who are gathered here, Derek (Fisher) and Maurice (Evans), that we are happy that we have been able to resolve and reach a tentative litigation settlement with regards to many issues that are pending for the various courts.
We are going to turn it all over to the lawyers here and let them work out the details and we’ll then be able to talk further as that process proceeds.