What the NBA's tentative agreement means for owners and players [Video]
CineSport's Brian Clark discusses with Chris Sheridan, editor in chief of SheridanHoops.com, how the NBA owners and players reached a tentative deal to end the lockout and what it means for each side.
Some of the highlights Sheridan outlines:
- The deal got done because Commissioner David Stern said the league would need 30 days to launch the season and by agreeing to a tentative deal this weekend games can now begin on Dec. 25.
- There will be a huge scramble to fill rosters with free agents, who can be signed starting Dec. 9 when training camps open.
- The owners' big victory was in getting up to $3 billion in concessions from the players' union if the new collective bargaining agreement runs for 10 years as tentatively agreed upon. Each side can opt out after six years, though.
- The players get a victory with a more robust middle class instead of teams spending big on a few free agents while filling out their rosters with minimum-salary players as the Miami Heat did last year.