So there were several moments throughout the past few months where we thought the lockout would end and then we realized they couldn’t be farther apart. It seemed like there would not be a 2011 NBA season but sometime after 3am, I received an alert that a tentative agreement was reached between the players and owners.
I can’t say I’ve followed the NBA lockout very closely because frankly, I was emotionally exhausted from the NFL lockout. I didn’t have much fight left in me for some more millionaires and billionaires whose only responsibility is to keep me entertained.
I’m glad to see that both sides could finally come to terms that most players seem to be willing to agree to. The key term that was causing the most conflict was the revenue split. They settled on 50-50 revenue split between players and owners. Personally I don’t think it’s fair that there are 29 owners, 450 players and the owners make the same percentage but hey, who am I?
The terms have to still be officially agreed and approved by all but it looks like it’s a go. I am really happy for all the arena workers and small businesses near the arenas or are affiliated with the teams that thrive during the NBA season. There are a lot of people out of work and it’s nice to see this subset have a new start date.
If the agreement is signed, training camp and free agency are scheduled to start December 9 and the first regular season games are set to play Christmas Day – Celtics at Knicks, then Heat at Mavs then closing with Bulls at Lakers. That is going to be a FULL sports day fanatchicks! There will be 66 games and it looks like NBA All Star weekend will be on again in Orlando, FL in February 2012.
So we want to know, are you planning to attend any games this year?