As a frantic Black Friday gave way to a sleepy Saturday morning in Midtown Manhattan, the biggest deal of all was consummated in a law office tucked between F. A. O. Schwarz and the Apple Store.
With handshakes, sighs and weary smiles, the N.B.A. and its players resolved a crippling labor dispute,
allowing them to reopen their $4 billion-a-year business in time for the holidays. A 66-game season will start on Christmas Day, ending the second-longest lockout in league history.
The deal was reached at about 3 a.m. Saturday, on the 149th day of the lockout, after a final 15-hour bargaining session at the law offices of Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
“We’ve reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations,” the league’s commissioner, David Stern, said at 3:40 a.m., “but we’re optimistic that that will all come to pass, and that the N.B.A. season will begin on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with a tripleheader.”
Training camps and free agency will open, simultaneously, on Dec. 9, giving teams two weeks to prepare… NY TIMES
Waking up this morning with the stale taste of ham and cheese hot pockets on my breath, I went on Facebook to see if anybody tagged me in any pictures because I’m a vain son of a bitch. And low and behold, I stumbled across an NY Times article that read “NBA and Players reach tentative deal to end lockout”. And due to my poor reaction time because of a late night last night, I didn’t fully understand the situation until I saw someone else post this link.
So to say I am happy about this is an understatement, even if I’m in the minority for rooting for a bunch of gaudy, greedy, very un-educated group of athletes with an absolute crooked pig of a commissioner.