NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners and players have reached a tentative
agreement to end the lockout.
Commissioner David Stern says the two sides have reached a
"tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals
and very complex machinations."
He says: "We're optimistic that will all come to pass and that
the NBA season will begin Dec. 25."
After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more
than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season.
This handshake deal still must be ratified by both owners and
A majority on each side is needed. The NBA needs votes from 15
of 29 owners. (The league owns the New Orleans Hornets.) The union
needs a simple majority of its 430-plus members.