The judge overseeing an antitrust lawsuit filed by players against the NBA has been asked to stay all court proceedings while the sides work on finishing a labor agreement. In a letter written to Minnesota District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz on Monday, attorney Barbara Podlucky Berens says the players and the NBA have reached a tentative agreement to resolve the labor dispute, including the players' lawsuit and a suit filed by the NBA against the players in New York. The letter asks the judge to stay all proceedings through December 9th.
The league and the disbanded players association reached a tentative agreement Saturday morning after a meeting that lasted roughly 15 hours. The nearly five-month lockout has already wiped out all games that were scheduled in November, but NBA commissioner David Stern indicated that a 66-game schedule could begin on December 25th if the new deal is ratified. Reports also indicate that training camps and the free agency period would begin on December 9th if a deal gets done.