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NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

NBA league offices, union to meet Friday to seal deal

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For once, there is no reason to dread the NBA owners and players getting together for a negotiation.

Friday in New York the two sides will sit down to hammer out the details remaining on a labor deal that is expected to be finished and presented to both the owners and players for separate votes next Thursday, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. If approved as expected by those votes, training camps would open the next day, Dec. 9.

The now reconstituted union and league have a lot of “B-list” issues to hammer out, such as details on drug testing, D-League assigments and the authority of David Stern to discipline players, among a host of other smaller issues. None of these are considered deal breakers and both sides will horse trade a little on these to get a deal done. That said, it’s a long list and could be a long day.

Maybe the biggest issue is NBA draft age, but that is not one that will be resolved Friday. This year’s draft will remain as-is (meaning age 19 and up, allowing for one-and-dones) and it likely will be that way for a couple years. The two sides will form a committee to study how to deal with it going forward. The owners would like it to be higher, the players say it should be age 18, and a host of options will be considered including one where guys can enter the draft but if they are not chosen they have to spend two or three years in college. Smart money says when all is said and done it remains at age 19.

The good news is there is almost no chance that Billy Hunter storms out of the room and the two sides hold separate press conferences to say the deal is off. The issues are not worth it any more, they figured out the money and other big ones. But don’t worry, the lawyers are still getting paid a lot of money for the next week or so to finalize this (I know you were concerned about them).

It’s official — there is an NBA players’ union again

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And to the joy and relief of us all, there is again an NBA players’ union.

Actually, if you want to see NBA games on Christmas, it’s a good thing that a majority of NBA players voted to reform the union. Actually, well over a majority, with more than 300 of the roughly 450 members sending back forms.

The union dissolved as the players’ negotiating body Nov. 14 when it filed a disclaimer of interest. The union needed to reform to negotiate the details of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. (What David Stern and Billy Hunter agreed to as a framework of the deal was technically the settlement of the antitrust lawsuits players filed against the league.)

The unionized players are expected to ratify the new CBA next week, in time for training camps to open Dec. 9.

Then games resume on Christmas Day.

Latest legal hoop jumped through: players settle lawsuit

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There can be no basketball until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is approved and in place, and there can be no CBA vote until the NBA union is reformed (remember the “disclaimer of interest”), and that can’t happen until the antitrust lawsuits against the league are settled.

Well, we’ve got the first domino to fall — an agreement to settle the lawsuits was reached Tuesday night, reports Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated. The players are already getting cards to vote to reform the union, which will come soon.

After that, the union needs to get 260 signatures to reform the union, something they expect by Thursday, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

The formal vote on the CBA by the players is expected next week, in times for training camps to open on Friday as planned. Basically the dismissal of the lawsuits is tied to all of this, but the settlement had to come first.

Okay, enough with the legal talk for today. Lets get back to the important things… like NBA stars playing football.