Players, owners strike deal to start play Christmas Day

The NBA and its players’ union struck a tentative deal early Saturday morning that, if approved, will see the league begin play on Christmas Day.

The two sides held a marathon 15-hour meeting on Friday, faced with the probability that failure to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement this weekend would likely result in the cancellation of the entire season. NBA commissioner David Stern wouldn’t provide specifics of the tentative agreement, saying simply: “We wanted to play basketball.”

If the agreement is ratified by the owners and players, the 66-game regular season would begin on Dec. 25. It would open with the Boston Celtics visiting the New York Knicks, followed by the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks doing battle in an NBA Finals rematch.

The third and final game would see the Chicago Bulls tangle with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stern admitted that the deal is still subject to a number of approvals along the way, but said that “we’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25.”

Training camps and free agency are tentatively scheduled to kick off Dec. 9.

The two sides ended discussions earlier in the month after the union rejected an offer from the owners that featured a 50-50 split of basketball-related income but offered few concessions on several other issues, including use of the mid-level exception and the luxury tax.

The union immediately took steps to dissolve, and a handful of lawsuits against the league were filed. Meetings rekindled earlier this week in an effort to settle the various legal situations – a necessary precursor to resuming the bargaining process.

Reports late Friday night suggested the players had insisted on a 51-percent share of the BRI, something the owners were unwilling to provide. But the two sides continued bargaining well into the night, finally emerging with the framework for a new CBA less than two weeks after Stern declared the union had kickstarted a “nuclear winter” by rejecting the previous deal.

National Basketball Players’ Association executive director Billy Hunter said both sides wanted desperately to save what remained of the season.

“We thought it was in both of our interest to try to reach a resolution and save the game and to be able to provide the mind of superb entertainment the NBA historically has provided,” Hunter said.

Owners locked the players out on July 1 with the two sides miles apart on several key issues. The players initially sought to retain their 57-percent share of BRI while the owners sought a reduction to 37 percent.

Talks broke down a number of times, forcing Stern to twice cancel a block of regular-season games.

Approval will require a simple majority from both sides. Stern said he expects the 29 NBA owners to vote on the deal shortly after he consults with the league’s labor committee on Saturday.

The union’s 430 members will only be permitted to vote once the NBPA has been reformed. The union will need to drop its antitrust lawsuit before that can happen.

Comments

comments

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game The Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Chants win Sun Belt title, face Mercer in NCAA tilt

Chants win Sun Belt title, face Mercer in NCAA tiltCoastal Carolina men's soccer team gathered in the athletics field [more]

Golf: SJ's White inks deal; CF's Spencer closes strong

Golf: SJ's White inks deal; CF's Spencer closes strongSt. James High golfer Jordan White made her first hole-in-one [more]

Gamecocks invade Strand to compete in PR Tip-Off

Gamecocks invade Strand to compete in PR Tip-OffFresh off its first Final Four appearance, South Carolina travels [more]

Riptides Racing swimmers dive in for rare double dip

Riptides Racing swimmers dive in for rare double dipRiptides Racing team had a busy weekend with two squads [more]

Youth Soccer: BUFC, Coast claim four championships

Youth Soccer: BUFC, Coast claim four championshipsSixteen Coast  FA teams entered the Adidas Clash in Greensboro, [more]

CCU volleyball captures Sun Belt title, No. 1 seed

CCU volleyball captures Sun Belt title, No. 1 seedThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team clinched the number one overall [more]

CCU suffers ninth straight defeat to big-play Trojans

CCU suffers ninth straight defeat to big-play TrojansMarcus Jones returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a [more]

Late goal lifts Chanticleers into Sun Belt tourney final

Late goal lifts Chanticleers into Sun Belt tourney finalFrandzty Pierrott scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute [more]

NMB holds off Crestwood, goes to Lower State semis

NMB holds off Crestwood, goes to Lower State semisThe North Myrtle Beach High had to battle to keep [more]

Seahawks stunned on final play by Lower Richland

Seahawks stunned on final play by Lower RichlandShocking! That's the only word to describe Myrtle Beach's heartbreaking [more]

Class 5A: Tigers, Panthers defeated in second round

Class 5A: Tigers, Panthers defeated in second roundThis looked like it could be the year for Conway [more]

CCU men, women open seasons with big victories

CCU men, women open seasons with big victoriesCoastal Carolina University started the 2017-18 season in strong fashion [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach