The NBA owners’ lockout continues to near a conclusion after the National Basketball Players Association approved a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday.
The NBPA spent most of the last 24 hours voting on the tentative collective bargaining agreement, according to CBSSports.com. The owners must now ratify the deal and lift their five-month lockout of players before the league can open training camp and free agency on Friday.
NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league’s 29 owners began a lockout of players on July 1, shutting down the league until the players accepted their various demands. The owners’ lockout resulted in the formal cancellation of the first six weeks of the season.
The ongoing 2011 lockout is the fourth work stoppage in NBA history, with all four having been owner-imposed lockouts. There has never been a players’ strike in the history of the NBA, and no players association in any of the four major sports has gone on strike since 1994.
(Thursday’s news from CBSSports.com)