Sil­ver op­ti­mistic about agree­ment with play­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver said the league and play­ers have made “tremen­dous progress” to­ward an ex­ten­sion of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, say­ing he hoped a deal would be com­pleted soon.

NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver said Fri­day the league and play­ers have made “tremen­dous progress” to­ward an ex­ten­sion of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, say­ing he hoped a deal would be com­pleted soon. Sil­ver said the process was far dif­fer­ent than the con­tentious ne­go­ti­a­tions of 2011, which led to a lock­out and a 2011-12 sea­son that was shorted to 66 games. This time, the sides have been meet­ing for a few months and seem ea­ger to make a deal long be­fore Dec. 15, when ei­ther side can no­tify the other of its in­ten­tion to opt out of the 10-year pact. “We are not done, done as we say as bar­gain­ers in terms of ul­ti­mately hav­ing a com­pleted col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, but we’re on our way to­wards get­ting an ex­ten­sion done of this col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment,” Sil­ver said. “I’m very pleased to re­port that.”

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