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Dribblers' deal.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and its players finally reached a tentative settlement in November 2011, putting an end to the long-running labor dispute between the two after months of rejected offers and canceled games since the lockout began on July 1.

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The dispute took a turn for the worse after the NBA issued an ultimatum, requiring players to accept a 50-50 revenue split as well as new restrictions on team payrolls and free agency. The players dissolved their union, the National Basketball Players Association, into a trade association and proceeded to file antitrust lawsuits against the NBA. This abandonment of collective bargaining put the 2011-2012 season at risk, said NBA Commissioner David Stern in a statement.

But the two parties managed to salvage most of the season in a 15-hour negotiating session the day after Thanksgiving, though Stern said at a joint press conference that the litigation was not the main motivation for settling. "The reason for the settlement is we've got fans; we've got players who would like to play; we've got others who are dependent on us," he said. The players re-formed their union on Dec. 1 so that it could negotiate the deal's remaining B-list items. The tentative settlement reached in November had teams set to sign players by Dec. 9, with an opening day triple-header as a Christmas gift to fans on Dec. 25.

ON THE RECORD

"If she is required to identify herself publicly in this matter, the very harm she is complaining about will be drastically exacerbated."

-- DUNCAN CRABTREE-IRELAND, GC of the Screen Actors Guild, responding to IMDb's request to identify the actress who sued the online database for exposing her age and allegedly costing her acting jobs. (Reuters, Nov. 29, 2011)
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Title Annotation:LABOR
Author:Beck, Julie
Publication:InsideCounsel
Date:Dec 29, 2011
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