NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: NBA Commissioner David Stern (R) and Former Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Billy Hunter speak to members of the press to announce a tentative labor agreement to end the 149-day lockout on November 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NBA Lockout 2011: Owners, Players Reach Tentative CBA Agreement

At long last, it looks like the NBA Lockout is over. Owners and players of the NBA have reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, pending approval, meaning that a 66-game season would start on Christmas Day.

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NBA Lockout 2011: Derek Fisher Rejoins Labor Talks, Deal Possible

The President of the Player's Association – Lakers guard Derek Fisher – will be in New York Friday to rejoin talks of possible deal to end the NBA Lockout. Games have already been canceled into December and anti-trust lawsuits have been filed, but a shortened season is still in the realm of possibility. If a deal is reached this weekend a 66-game season would being on Christmas Day. Marc Stein of ESPN has the scoop:

NBA commissioner David Stern has said on numerous occasions that the league needs a month after the sides shake hands to put a new labor deal in writing and allow for a compressed training camp and free-agency period before the regular season begins.

Some players still question whether resumed negotiations are really a last-ditch effort to save the season, or a ploy by NBA Commissioner David Stern, to gain leverage in the anti-trust lawsuit.  

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NBA Lockout Update: Players File Two Class-Action Antitrust Lawsuits Against The NBA

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em.

Locked-out NBA players, who claim the league is violating antitrust laws by not allowing them to work, filed class-action antitrust lawsuits to combat the stoppage on Tuesday in California and Minnesota.

Named as plaintiffs in the "Golden State" suit are Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kevin Durant, Leon Powe, Kawhi Leonard while the "North Star State" is repped by Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver and Derrick Williams.

From players' attorney David Boies (via ESPN):

"If you're in a poker game, and you run a bluff, and the bluff works, you're a hero. If someone calls your bluff, you lose. I think the owners overplayed their hand. They did a terrific job of taking a very hard line and pushing the players to make concession after concession after concession, but greed is not only a terrible thing -- it's a dangerous thing."

The NBA has reportedly canceled all games through Dec. 15, effectively eliminating 324 contests from the 2011-12 season. And as league spokesman Tim Frank explains, the players followed through on their ultimatum:

"We haven't seen Mr. Boies complaint yet but it's a shame that the players have chosen to litigate instead of negotiate. They warned us from the early days of these negotiations that they would sue us if we didn't satisfy them at the bargaining table, and they appear to have followed through on their threats."

Now they're headed to court, which means this one is going to get worse before it gets better.

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NBA Lockout Talks on Hold Until Next Week

The players and owners completed yet another marathon labor negotiation – 11.5 hours – on Thursday without a deal. However; it seems as if an ultimatum has been handed out by commissioner,  David Stern. The players will have until early next week to accept the revised deal before the owners reportedly drop their offer to 47 percent of revenue for players and a hard salary cap.

If the players accept the revised offer next week the lockout will end and a shortened 72-game season will begin on December 15. 

Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk discusses the "revisions" of the owners current offer:

It calls for a 50/50 split of basketball related income. Technically it is the 49 percent to 51 percent band in place in the last owners offer. But the reality of how that band is structured is that the split is 50/50 with little variation.

Billy Hunter also revealed that there are still a handful of "B issues" that must be resolved. 


NBA Lockout 2011: Celtics' Paul Pierce Leads Decertification Threat

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

As many as 50 disgruntled NBA players - including several All-Stars - participated in a clandestine conference call with a top antitrust attorney on Thursday to discuss the process of decertifying the Players Association, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Angry with the concessions already made to the owners and fearful of worse ones coming with the completion of a new collective bargaining agreement, the players could push for a scenario that throws negotiations into chaos and could eventually lead to the loss of the 2011-12 season. Paul Pierce played a prominent role on both calls, leading the charge on decertification, sources said.

Sounds like decertification is becoming a realistic possibility.

"We're beyond frustrated with the concessions that have already been made," one source on the calls said. "If the union gives in on the [basketball-related income] split and the open system issues don't go to the players side, decertification may be the next step."

Thirty percent of the union members would need to sign a petition to force a vote on decertification. A majority vote could then dissolve the union.

The two sides are scheduled to meet again on Saturday, November 5. With games already cancelled until the end of November, the recent threat of decertification and a substantial two percent difference in BRI negotiations, the 2011-12 season may be in jeopardy. 

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NBA Lockout Talks Break Down Over Basketball Related Income Percentage

The NBA lockout looked to have made a turn for the better with players and owners opening up talks. There was optimism that a deal could be reached soon and that the NBA season would begin sooner rather than later. However, late Friday afternoon the sides were unable to reach an agreement and talks broke down.

Howard Beck of the New York Times was the first to report.

Confirmed: talks done for today. Have hit a roadblock. Waiting for word from league/union.
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Brian Windhorst of ESPN was the first to confirm that it was in regards to the Basketball Related Income (BRI) and that neither side could come to an agreement over an acceptable percentage. 

League source said talks broke when players wouldn't accept less than 52% of BRI. No talks scheduled. More cancellations today.
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However, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the BRI was not the sole reason for the sides not reaching an agreement.

Another source says BRI was only "partly" of breakdown in talks.
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NBA Lockout Update: Union Says Deal 'Within Striking Distance' After Thursday's Meetings

Could the NBA be one step closer to resuming play?

After a 15-hour marathon meeting on Wednesday, both the owners and players resumed talks on Thursday in an effort to bring an end to the 2011 NBA Lockout, one that has already cost the league the first two weeks of its season.

Following another seven and a half hours of intense negotiations, Union Executive Director Billy Hunter said a potential deal may be "within striking distance."

ESPN has more:

"I think we're within striking distance of getting a deal," Hunter said after Thursday's meetings. "It just depends on how receptive the NBA is and whether they want to do a deal."

Union president Derek Fisher said the sides would not have spent all day talking if they weren't making progress.

"We'll come back at it tomorrow," Fisher said Thursday night. "Our position hasn't changed much. Just trying to make sure that players continue to have a market for themselves and their services."

While NBA commissioner David Stern anticipates "some important and additional progress," his outlook was not as optomistic as Hunters, probably due to the fact that neither side had begun discussing the split of basketball-related income, the sticking point that has continued to doom negotiations from the beginning.

Discussions are expected to resume on Friday.

Stay tuned.


NBA Lockout Update: Boston Celtics Schedule Loses The Following Games After Two Week Cancellation

The first two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA Season have been cancelled after the league failed to reach an agreement with the Player’s Association on Monday night (Oct. 10, 2011).

As a result, the following games on the Boston Celtics schedule have been cancelled:

Nov. 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Nov. 4: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
Nov. 5: Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
Nov. 9: Charlotte Bobcats at Boston Celtics
Nov. 11: Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics
Nov. 12: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers

Unfortunately the work stoppage may continue after the two-week period expires as no new developments have been reported and the two sides are currently far apart on most (if not all) of the major sticking points.

The NBA and the Player’s Association are expected to meet at some point next week, which leaves them little time to save the remainder of the season if by some miracle the wrinkles are ironed out in time to play ball.

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