Owners and players of the National Basketball Association (NBA) have come to a tentative agreement to end the lockout on Day 149, paving the way for the resumption of activities before Christmas.
The 2011 NBA lockout, the fourth in its history, has tentatively ended early Saturday after 149 days of talks between representatives of the players and owners of the world's most popular basketball league.
NBA Commissioner David Stern who represents the league said he is optimistic about the recent turn of events. "We're optimistic … that the NBA season will come to pass on Dec. 25," Stern said early Saturday. "We're very pleased we've come this far," Stern added. "There's still a lot of work to be done."
It will take about 30 days from date of agreement to playing the first game, according to Stern.
.The players represented by trade association chief Billy Hunter said they are turning over the tentative agreement to the lawyers for action.
Hunter said: "We're going to turn it all over to the lawyers … and see how that proceeds."
If scheduling plans do not miscarry, the 2011-2012 season to start Dec.25 will feature Miami at Dallas in a rematch of last season's championship series won by the Mavericks over the LeBron James-led Heat, plus Boston at New York and Chicago at the Los Angeles Lakers.
A 66-game season is being planned with training camps to start Dec.9 and with the first game commencing on Christmas day.
The lockout started July 1, with revenue sharing and the structure of salary cap as the main contentious issues that needed to be resolved between the NBA players and owners.