NBA Lock-Out Talks Start Again; Games Hoped for by Christmas

Billy HunterThe NBA and locked-out players are expected to resume talks today in hopes of reaching a deal, saving the season and playing games on Christmas Day.

Pictured: Players representative Billy Hunter was back at
the negotiating table Tuesday, with talks expected to continue into
Friday in New York. (Frank Franklin II, AP)

Through a third party, former players union outside counsel Jim Quinn, the sides met Tuesday, a day after players refiled an amended antitrust lawsuit in Minneapolis.

In
a statement released Wednesday evening, an attorney for the players,
Jonathan Schiller, confirmed “there would be preliminary settlement
discussions with the NBA immediately after Thanksgiving with regard to
the lawsuit filed recently by the players in Minnesota.”

A
person familiar with the talks, who requested anonymity because he was
not authorized to go public, said the focal point is on a collective
bargaining agreement (CBA), not the suit.

The
person said the main participants in discussions this week were NBA
Commissioner David Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner and labor relations chairman Peter Holt, players trade association chief Billy Hunter and players trade association attorney Ron Klempner.

“We remain committed to a negotiated solution, but we decline to comment further,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.

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Source: Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY