Thanks to the NBA’s owners and players work to hammer out a tentative agreement to end the league’s lockout, fans can expect to receive some basketball as a Christmas present. The two sides reportedly settled their differences during weekend bargaining sessions.
When a business entity the size of the NBA grinds to a halt, it’s the infrastructure workers who pay the greatest price. One estimate says that as many as 400 workers in the league have lost their jobs since owners started the lockout.
Because NBA owners and players haven’t been able to agree on a way to split league revenue, it’s looking more and more likely that the labor dispute will either shorten the season or do away with it entirely. The league announced that the entire preseason has been canceled and unless an agreement is reached within the next few days, regular season games will be in jeopardy.
Some NBA players who fear an extended lockout are already looking into their options, including playing in Turkey or Greece. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat now has the option to work with chicken and grease, thanks to a publicity stunt in which the fast food chain offered a job to the star.