A meeting lasting roughly 15 hours ended early Saturday morning and resulted in NBA owners and the disbanded players association reaching a tentative agreement to end the lockout. The work stoppage lasted 149 days. The NBPA filed a disclaimer of interest earlier this month, disbanding as a union after rejecting the owners' latest offer of a 50-50 split of basketball-related revenue.
"The New York Times" says a 10-year pact is in order with options for both sides to terminate the agreement after six years. The league had canceled all regular season games up to December 15th. NBA commissioner David Stern mentioned a 66-game regular season would start, beginning with a triple-header, on December 25th. Reports also indicate that training camps will open on December 9th, along with the free agent period.