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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:42 PM
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NBA Owners, Players Approve New Labor Deal
Source: AP-Excite

By BRIAN MAHONEY

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA basketball is back.

Calling it a "new beginning in a way," Commissioner David Stern announced that owners and players ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday, the final step to ending the five-month lockout and paving the way for training camps and free agency to open Friday.

The 10-year deal promises owners savings of perhaps a quarter billion dollars a year but largely leaves intact the soft salary cap system that the players fought hard to maintain.

Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver announced the deal during a press conference, putting an end to nearly two years of difficult negotiations that resulted in the second shortened season in NBA history. A 66-game schedule will begin on Christmas and run through April 26, forcing every team to play on three straight nights at least once.


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RandySF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:49 PM
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1. I'm sorry, but...
I refuse to call an agreement between millionaires and billionaires a "labor deal"
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:50 PM
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2. Anybody actually watch basketball?
Just curious.
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:02 PM
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3. Why, yes.
I'm not saying I've missed it so far, but I look forward to watching it again at the end of the month.
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former9thward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:26 PM
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4. 28.2 million watched Game 7 of the finals last year.
That probably 10 times the number who are actively engaged in politics.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:16 AM
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7. Thanks, I was just curious. I don't know anybody who does.
But that's just anecdotal.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:26 PM
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5. I do and speculated the cancelation of the entire season a la the NHL in 2004.
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davidthegnome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 10:10 PM
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6. Huh
Oh thank God. Disaster averted. Now we can still watch millionaires play basketball for billionaires on television - or if we have some money, maybe we can actually go to a game that few people will be able to afford to attend.

Labor deal indeed. The whole damn thing was a joke, from the beginning to now.
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