NBA, play­ers reach ten­ta­tive agree­ment on la­bor deal

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MI­AMI | The NBA and its play­ers have agreed in prin­ci­ple on a new col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, one that still needs to be for­mally rat­i­fied by play­ers and own­ers in the com­ing weeks.

The league an­nounced the ten­ta­tive agree­ment Wed­nes­day night, one day be­fore the sides faced a dead­line for opt­ing out of the cur­rent deal. That dead­line for opt­ing out has now been ex­tended to Jan. 13, with the NBA say­ing that’s “in or­der to give both sides enough time to re­view the terms of the agree­ment and vote to rat­ify.”

Talks have gone on for weeks, and un­like those sur­round­ing the most re­cent deal be­tween the league and its play­ers, th­ese were mostly am­i­ca­ble. Most of the ma­jor is­sues — such as keep­ing the split of bas­ket­ball-re­lated in­come the same as it is in the ex­ist­ing deal — were agreed upon weeks ago.

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