NBA lockout possibly over, tentative deal with games expected to start on Christmas Day

By on Nov 26, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: November 30, 2011 11:50 p.m.

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The five-month old NBA lockout could possibly be over, after tentative deal was made and games for 2011-2012 Season are expected to start on December 25, 2011, Christmas Day.

Former NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter
and NBA Commissioner David Stern, during
the announcement of the tentative deal

Image Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

According to US news sites on Saturday, November 26, 2011, the ongoing NBA lockout is being expected to end after lawyers of team owners and players had a 15-hour meeting on Friday.

“We’ve reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals.” NBA Commissioner David Stern was quoted in a statement on Saturday, with 66 NBA games hoping to be saved.

“We’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin on December 25 — Christmas Day — a triple header,” Stern added, noting that team owners and players will still have vote to finalize the deal.

“What we have to do is obviously sit down with the litigants because it has to be solved in the context of litigation,” Former NBA Players Association (NBPA) Executive Director Billy Hunter reportedly said.

“We’re confident that once we present it, that they will support it. For us, we’ll stick with the understanding that we can’t get into too many details.” Former NBPA President Derrick Fisher said; who is also present during the press conference.

As reported earlier, the NBA games until December 15 were canceled that resulted to a total of 324 canceled games or around 26 percent of the entire NBA Season.

This is after the NBA players filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the basketball league, with the union being disbanded last November 14 and rejecting the 50-50 split being offered by team owners.

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