National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts is meeting with her constituents to rally support for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is likely doing something similar with owners.
When could that be done?
Keep the week of Dec. 5 open. Barring significant last-minute snags in negotiations, that’s when I’m hearing it’s likely there will be an official agreement between the league and the union on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Nothing will happen before Thanksgiving, and the two sides will probably use the post-Thanksgiving week to inform their respective constituents about the highlights of the deal. After that, the new deal replacing the current one is likely to be ratified, ensuring labor peace for the next several years.
Dec. 15 is the deadline for either side to opt out of the current CBA, effective July 1. But it appears it won’t come to that – which is great news for anyone who enjoys watching the NBA.
No matter how much work precisely remains, the exact finish line being in such clear sight is fantastic news.