As you may or may not have noticed, there hasn’t been professional basketball here in North America for quite some time. It’s okay if you didn’t realize it, most people didn’t. But yes, there is an NBA lockout.
But, it looks like it will end as there seems to be an agreement that will allow the teams to play a 66-game schedule that starts on Christmas Day.
“We expect our labor relations committee to endorse this deal, this tentative agreement, and we expect our Board of Governors, at a meeting we will call after that, to endorse the deal,” commissioner David Stern said Saturday news conference. “And we expect that a collective bargaining agreement will arise out of this deal as well.”
Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBA Players Union, thinks that this will all get resolved in a few days.
“I think it was the ability of the parties to decide it was necessary to compromise and to try to put this thing back together some kind of way and to be able to put an end to the litigation and everything it entails,” Hunter said. “And we just thought that rather than try to pursue this in court, it was in both of our interests to try to reach a resolution.”
So…yay. Basketball is back.