HoopsHype Lockout rumors

December 8, 2011 Updates

NBA players and owners on Thursday approved a new collective bargaining agreement, formally ending the five-month lockout and paving the way for training camps and an already rampaging free-agency period to open, three people familiar with the results told CBSSports.com. The players voted via email from 6 p.m. ET Wednesday until 4 p.m. Thursday. The owners' Board of Governors, with representatives from all 30 teams, approved the deal at a meeting Thursday in Manhattan, where they also finalized details of their new revenue-sharing plan. CBSSports.com

NBA players on Thursday approved a new collective bargaining agreement in electronic voting, paving the way for owners to formally ratify the deal and open training camps and the free-agency period, two people familiar with the results told CBSSports.com. The players voted via email from 6 p.m. ET Wednesday until 4 p.m. Thursday. The owners' Board of Governors, with representatives from all 30 teams, was meeting in Manhattan Thursday to finalize details of their new revenue-sharing plan and also vote on the new deal. CBSSports.com

Electronic voting is underway in the NBA, with players granted a window that began Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. to ratify or reject the tentative labor agreement between the owners and NBA Players Association. NBPA executive director Billy Hunter urged union members to vote in favor of the new deal as part of a letter dispatched Wednesday to all players breaking down the terms of the labor pact in detail. ESPN.com

ESPN.com's breakdown of the freshly negotiated "B-list" items added to the deal since Hunter's original term sheet distributed to players on Nov. 26, along with several significant changes from the previous collective bargaining agreement, follows here: Drug testing: The following rules are being implemented, per Hunter's memo: • Beginning in 2012-13, players can be tested during the offseason for steroids and performance-enhancing drugs only. Offseason drug testing was prohibited under the previous CBA. ESPN.com

The second-longest labor crisis in N.B.A. history is expected to reach its conclusion Thursday afternoon, with a vote to adopt a new collective bargaining agreement. N.B.A. owners are meeting at 2 p.m. at a Manhattan hotel to review the deal, which transfers $300 million a year from the players to the league and places new restrictions on contracts and payrolls. Although some owners wanted more concessions, ratification is expected. New York Times

This summer and fall, I spent 156 hours in some of New York’s finest hotels. I did not sleep, or shower, or earn rewards points. I was not, in the vernacular of the service industry, a “guest.” At times, I felt more like a hostage, subsisting on a diet of stale pizza, trail mix and anonymous sources. To be a reporter covering the N.B.A. lockout was to enter a parallel universe, where normalcy was suspended, truth was pliable and time had no meaning. Absurdity reigned. New York Times

The fans helped keep us sane — along with reruns of “Seinfeld” streaming on the touchpad screens of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com and Alan Hahn of Newsday. The fans kept us fed, too. A network of generous bloggers, coordinated by the salary-cap savant Larry Coon — out of pity or support — regularly sent us stacks of pizza. Marc Cornstein, a New York-based player agent, sent two massive deli platters (thus inspiring a new sandwich title, the Cornstein on rye). The Brooklyn-bound Nets also sent pizza one afternoon, to the chagrin of the Waldorf security staff, which harrumphed at the stack of cardboard boxes in their pristine lobby. (That lobby was routinely chilled to what felt like 55 degrees, which at least helped keep us awake.) New York Times

December 7, 2011 Updates

Nobody gives up power or money without a fight, and the instinct to argue, bicker, mistrust and throw tantrums was not cured when the two sides finally reached an agreement to save the season 11 days ago. Those instincts were still sharp Wednesday as players convened on a conference call -- the second such call in as many days, sources said -- to explain the deal points that have been finalized since negotiators reached a tentative agreement in the early morning hours of Nov. 26. The i's are being dotted and t's crossed, and the players are voting electronically on the deal from 6 p.m. ET Wednesday until 4 p.m. ET Thursday -- when the owners' Board of Governors also will vote. CBSSports.com

"I don't know what it was all for," said one Eastern Conference general manager who is disappointed that the new CBA -- and all that was sacrificed to achieve it -- apparently has changed nothing about the game's biggest stars wanting to flock to the glamour teams and the biggest markets. CBSSports.com

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