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FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 11:40 am
Posted by Royce Young

The lockout lasted 149 days. It caused almost two months of NBA action to be missed. An end was inevitable, but it was just a question of when, not if.

But with it ending, there are questions. Lucky for you, I've got (some) answers.

What does "tentative" mean? Is there actually a chance that this could fall apart?

There's a chance, yes, but there's also a chance that your bowl of cereal starts talking to you one morning. Meaning, realistically, t's not happening. A vote is required from both sides and while there will likely be some resistance from some parties on each side, David Stern would not have agreed to this deal if he knew he didn't have the vote. And same goes for the players union.

When does the season start?

Christmas Day, according to David Stern. The league will kick off with a triple-header as scheduled, presumably with the games that were already on the slate. Which includes the Heat being in Dallas to watch the Mavericks get their rings.

How many games will the season have?


When does free agency start?

Dec. 9.

When do training camps start?

Dec. 9.

What about preseason games?

There will likely be two or three preseason games each for teams, but that's not a priority. With only 16 days to get from training camps and free agency to real games, there's not a ton of time to whip together a bunch of preseason games.

How long did the lockout last?

149 days. Or, 150 I guess since the deal was technically agreed to Saturday morning at about 3 a.m. ET.

Will the playoffs be affected?

It's very likely the league will extend the regular season and extra week or two in April to try and alleviate some of the pressure of cramming 66 games into four months.

Will the NBA release a new schedule or just start up at 66 from the old one?

It will be an entirely new schedule.

When will the new schedule be released?

That likely won't be out until the new CBA is voted on and ratified. The league doesn't want to get too far ahead of itself. But you can be sure they already have a contingency schedule already whipped up and ready to go. It's just a matter of getting all the t's crossed and i's dotted before putting that out. And once it does, tickets will be on sale right away.

What does the new collective bargaining agreement look like?

Details are pretty scarce right now, but some things are leaking out like the full mid-level exception and inclusion of extend-and-trades.

Will the All-Star Game still take place as scheduled?

According to reports, the All-Star Game will still happen in Orlando Feb. 26 as scheduled.

How many paychecks did players miss?

With the league getting 66 games squeezed in, players will only miss two paychecks. Obviously a big part of getting a deal done sooner than later.

How much money did the league lose from this?

Most estimated that losing preseason lost the league somewhere between $200 and $300 million. Each team will lose eight home games and with gate revenue being about $1 million on average for NBA home games, plus concessions and merchandise, I would estimate the league lost some $600 to $800 million because of the lockout.

What happens with those players that signed overseas?

If they had an NBA opt-out, no problems, just exercise that and return to the NBA. That goes for Deron Williams, Lamar Odom, Ty Lawson, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka and players like that. But if they signed in China like J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler or Kenyon Martin, that could be a bit complicated. It's not impossible to get out of that contract, but it'll be a bit more tedious. For the most part though, any player that wants to return to the NBA should be able to.

What's left to do?

There are still "B" list issues to handle. Age requirement for the draft, drug testing, D-League assignment and other minor things like that. They still need to be negotiated, and will be over the weekend. Don't worry though -- those aren't things that will cause a deal to come crashing down.

Who won?

Hard to really know at this point, but Billy Hunter and the players definitely seem to be coming out shining right now. After being backed into a corner by David Stern and the owners will ultimatum offers and threats of NBA "nuclear winter," not only did they get a few system concessions that they wanted, but they also got a realistic shot at 51 percent of Basketball Related Income.

It's all relative though, because the owners won a long time ago when they got the BRI number down to 50. Basically the players were getting beat by 40 points and they made a nice little run to save face and only lose by 15 or so.

Did the players' lawsuit really work?

Sure seems that way, doesn't it? They didn't probably have a realistic shot of winning anything, but just the fact that they were done being pushed around by Stern's demands said enough to the owners. With the pressure of the calendar plus the pending litigation facing everyone, a new sense of urgency was found to quit messing around and finally get down to business.

Will there be lasting effects from this?

Yes, some. But for the most part, like the league already knew, fan support will come back around. And bad blood between owners and players will subside. Negotiations turned extremely contentious for a while, but in the end, this was a business agreement. When money is the thing in the middle, things tend to get nasty. Both sides understand that and will move on.
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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:55 pm

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Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:56 am

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

This sucks.

Thw worst league of the Big 4 is going to force its product down our threats now.

Why couldn't the NBA just die!  It's so very very bad in so many ways.    

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:26 pm

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

There no doubt that the prices would be raised some time in the future, but it won't be for sometime yet. The owner don't want to give fans another reason to stay away, also keep in mind the owners don't need the lockout as a excuse to raise prices. The owner would raise prices with or without the lockout

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:53 pm

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

Seems like everybody on here is a sourpuss, I'm happy as I could be that the seasons comin back, told my wife and kids to please excuse me most of the day while I played my NBA2K12 on my xbox due to the giddyness I felt since I found out at around 3am that we may have a season and have reached a tentative agreement, everybody makes it personal and sounds upset and that one guy up there talking about the cost of healthcare and cant afford to buy tickets, for real, take out a small 200$ loan cheapy, and the other guy complaining all sports players are overpaid and arrogant, we all know, and the other guy saying NCAA is better, man please, these guys are freaks and ice running thru most of their veins, I'm a Mav fan since 94, glad we won the championship, lets defend that title fellas, I'm gonna benin Dallas 23-25th of December, maybe I can make the game to see that ring ceremony, God willing

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:24 pm

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

I already know all I need to know.  The players' greed killed the enjoyment of the NBA for me and my family.  My family used to make a tradition of attending whichever CLeveland Cavaliers game that was closest to Christmas at a decent expense for my middle class family of 4.  My income has stayed flat and the health insurance coverage and premiums cost me more.  How can I justify spending my hard earned dollars to go and see a game played by a bunch of ignorant prima donnas like Lebron James, Wade, Garnett and the rest.  At this point the only way I'd consider going to a game this year is if the tickets cost me a quarter of what they once did.  I can't afford to take the family anymore.  Note to Dan Gilbert: I respect you for standing up for the fans, but I see how you used the Cavs to get your exclusive casino franchises into Ohio.  How about using some of those future profits to make it affordable for a normal family to be able to come to a game, rahter than making it for your corporate cronies and their families.  All said, good luck Cavs, but I doubt I'll be there in person to watch you.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:43 pm

Players lose. Owners lose. Fans lose and win

Does there need to be a winner, Royce? The previous CBA was so one-sided towards the players that they had a lot of lead to relinquish. The owners still lose money ~$34 - $68 million per year. The big market teams still can use the sign and trade and perhaps the mid-level exception. Those same teams have to increase the revenue sharing and pay a bigger luxury tax but that does not prevent the Knicks from spending whatever they want with local cable revenues estimated at $300 million per year. The same is true of the Lakers except they have about $150 million per year. By comparison most teams get $5-15 million per year in local cable money.

The ultimatum seems to have saved the season. It forced the players out of their 'NO' routine and into dissolving the union. That in tern allowed for entirely different settlement talks to supplant the union negotiations. The threat of the lawsuit was always the loss of the season because it would take that to get a result. That is a lose-lose. The other major factor in closing these talks was leaving Jeffrey Kessler (he of the racist statement), Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce etc. home and returning the talks to civility. Kessler was perceived to be the obstacle preventing NFL talks to close in an agreement and was likewise sidelined there to get their agreement. The litigation was almost certainly going to be a league win with venue established in New York. Even the anti-trust lawyer filing the suit claimed the goal was simply to return to talks.

Yes, the losers are the fans but wait - having a fiscally sound league is essential for the future and this agreement is a big step to that end. The opportunity for return on investment encourages banks to lend the teams working capital and allows the players to be paid on time. It is simple economics. The revenues have to exceed the expenses.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:50 pm

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

I have to say that I need to see the details of this.  As a fan of the Utah Jazz, a small market team that can't retain or bring in superstars under the last agreement, what was done to make it so there will be parity in the league and I don't just mean for the Jazz, but for all teams?  I think most fans that don't follow the big market teams, which would be the fans of 24 of the 30 teams out there, they really start to lose interest if they know they honestly do not have a shot at a title.  What was done for these teams in the new CBA?  I know the players were pushing hard to make sure the top players were still allowed to group up so I'm sure hoping the hard luxory tax was in place or at least a flex cap, otherwise what's the point of cheering for a team to finish 5th?  I don't see a reason to pay for games or memorabilia for a team that isn't allowed to compete.

I still say put someone in from the Bucks as the NBPA president and you probably would have gotten a deal done a lot faster because they wouldn't have been on a team, ala Derek Fisher, that was used to getting all the free agents and stars they want while paying over 40 million over the salary cap and seeing nothing wrong with it.  If there was a way to stop that to even out the league, you know those players who are the "have-nots" would have pushed for that as they wouldn't mind a chance at playing for a title without having to play for the veterans minimum to role play for the Heat, Lakers, Celtics, etc.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:09 pm

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

The lockout is is what you need to know....the NBA teams will be hiking prices yet again to make up for the lost games.  So, the average family of four will not be able to afford to attend an NBA game. 

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:29 pm
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Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:45 pm

FAQ: Lockout's over -- what do you need to know?

As a lifelong NBA fan who is now embarassed to admit it, my loyalty and fandom to the league comes down to one thing.

Do I get free NBA League Pass darth stern? 

If I don't get compensated for being a part of this mockery to business, sports, society, mankind, etc. you can bet your penny pinching a** you lost a fan for life.

Basically f*** you.  What was accomplished in the last 150 days that couldn't have been done 4 months ago.

NFL gets my money.

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