NBA Lockout Over: Players, Owners Reach Tentative Agreement

The NBA players association and owners came to a tentative agreement to end the NBA lockout.

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NBA Lockout Over, Sixers to Begin Training Camp December 9

Now that the NBA Lockout is finally over it's time for the Philadelphia 76ers to start thinking training camp and free agency. The new owners will have to make some tough decisions right away.


NBA Lockout 2011: Talks of Decertification By Players Union

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of 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. 

50 NBA players participated in a conference call with an antitrust attorney on Thursday to discuss the possibility of decertification. In order to force a vote for decertification the Union would need 30 percent of its members to sign a petition. The 50 players who participated in the call represent approximately 12 percent.

"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."

The two sides are scheduled to meet again on Saturday, November 5.

The public decertification threat could either be bargaining tactic by the Players Union going into Saturday's crucial negotiations, or a legitimate threat that puts the 2011-12 season in serious jeopardy. 

-- For more NBA coverage, visit our league page. For the latest on lockout negotiations, visit our lockout stream.


NBA Lockout Update: Labor Talks Break Down, Season Canceled Through Nov. 30

NBA Commissioner David Stern today (Oct. 28, 2011) announced the cancellation of all games through Nov. 30 following another breakdown in labor talks between the players and union.

ESPN has more:

Owners are insistent on a 50-50 split, while players last formally proposed they get 52.5 percent, leaving them about $100 million apart annually. Players were guaranteed 57 percent in the previous collective bargaining agreement. The players will not accept a 50-50 split, union executive director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers said. "Derek and I made it clear that we could not take the 50-50 deal to our membership. Not with all the concessions that we granted," Hunter said. "We said we got to have some dollars."

Friday's "roadblock" centered around Basketball Related Income (BRI), the same sticking point that's plagued negotiations since talks began.

The two sides don't appear to be any closer to an agreement despite a marathon of meetings that took place throughout the week. Right now it's official, the NBA won't be able to play a full season.

And unless something drastic happens, they won't be able to play any season at all.

For more on Friday's labor talks click here.


NBA Lockout Talks Break Down Over BRI Percentage Says Sources

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, it seems that players and owners are further away than originally suspected.

Howard Beck of the New York Times was the first to report that the talks broke down on Friday afternoon.

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 They're 'Within Striking Distance,' Stern Says 'No Guarantees'

One side sounds a little too optimistic. And perhaps one side doesn't sound optimistic enough.

That's the story coming out of Thursday's negotiations between the NBA players and owners, who spent another seven and a half-hours trying to find a way to end the 2011 Lockout.

From Union Executive Director Billy Hunter (via ESPN):

"I think we're within reach and within striking distance of getting a deal. It's just a question of how receptive the NBA is and whether or not they want to do a deal."

To which NBA Commissioner David Stern replied:

"There are no guarantees that we'll get it done, but we're going to give it one heck of a shot tomorrow.  think that Billy and the union's negotiators feel the same way. I know that ours do ... we anticipate there will be some important and additional progress -- or not."

Stern's cautious approach likely stems from the fact that neither side has begun discussing the split of basketball-related income, the sticking point that has continued to doom negotiations from the beginning.

Players remain steadfast in their desire to earn a 52-48 split, and Hunter has not given any indication that his side would waver on that number.

With two weeks of the regular season already canceled, something's got to give -- and soon -- or the only thing these two will be splitting is cab fare.

Stay tuned.


NBA Lockout 2011: League Will Reportedly Cancel At Least Two More Weeks

If the NBA plans on playing any basketball in the 2011 season, it’s unlikely to happen before December.

That’s because a report from the NY Daily News today brings word that league officials on Tuesday (Oct. 25, 2011) will announce the cancellation of an additional two weeks of play.

The NBA will be cancelling at least two more weeks of its season, according to a person familiar with the league’s plans … With talks broken off between the owners and players, and the two sides far apart on major "system" issues, the cancellations are expected to total at least 102 more games, through Nov. 28.

No further talks have been scheduled at this time, despite the public outcry from unhappy NBA fans left stranded at courtside.

Today’s news comes on the heels of last week’s see-saw of negotiating. What started as "minor progress" quickly deteriorated into a "major setback."

Brian Ward recently declared the NBA season was "slipping away." Based on this most recent update, it’s hard not to agree.

Stay tuned.


NBA Lockout Update: Philadelphia 76ers 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 Philadelphia 76ers schedule have been cancelled:

Nov. 2: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
Nov. 4: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers
Nov. 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
Nov. 9: Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets
Nov. 11: Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers
Nov. 13: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers
Nov. 14: Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers

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.


NBA Lockout Update: NBA, Union Meeting In Last Ditch Attempt To Save Season

The NBA and the Players Association are expected to meet tonight in a last ditch effort to prevent games from being lost. NBA commissioner David Stern had previously stated that if an agreement was not reached by Monday that the first two weeks of the regular season would be lost.

Stern, along with deputy commissioner Adam Silver, union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter will all attend the meeting.

Earlier this week the NBA offered a 50-50 split of basketball related incoming. The players had previously gotten 57% in the previous agreement, and have proposed lowering that to 53%. Neither side has publicly stated they would bend any more. 3% of the basketball related income would represent about $120 million for the 2011-2012 season.

Many high profile players were down in Miami for an exhibition game Saturday night in which they were briefed on the status of the meetings. The players union plans on having a meeting out in Los Angeles Monday.

The last time the NBA missed games due to lockout was during the 1998-1999 season, which was shortened to 50 games after a deal was reached on January 6th. Games begin nearly a month later on February 5th.

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