No More Hoopla Just Hoops: NBA Players and Owners Agree to a Tentative Deal

After all the hoopla surrounding the NBA’s labor dispute, the official end to the lockout appears to be in sight. Following 149 days littered with squabbling between NBA commissioner David Stern and Players Union chief Billy Hunter over Basketball Related Income (BRI), chief among the major labor concerns, the two sides seem to have found a happy medium. The NBA players strike more than doubled the length of Nets forward Kris Humphries and model/television star Kim Kardashian's glamorous but doomed 72-day marriage.

Unlike Humphries and Kardashian, players and owners were able to reconcile their differences at the negotiating table as they eyed Christmas Day as the ideal date for the commencement of the 2011-2012 NBA season. The players union is expected to recertify by Thursday with a new CBA likely ratified by the week’s end. Owners, players, media members and fans are rejoicing at the anticipated return of NBA basketball this season (66 games), a season that merely a week ago appeared to be in serious peril.

With a slate of five games scheduled for Christmas Day, the league is making up for lost times by spreading basketball joy this holiday season.

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