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Journal 13: NBA likely to begin on Christmas Day
December 8, 2011, 12:41 am
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Even though the NBA lockout continues, finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The brightness of the light, however, is not very intense though.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the NBA team owners agreed on a tentative deal that would finally end the five month lockout. The 2011-2012 regular season, now shortened to 66 games, is intended to begin on Christmas Day, December 25th with a showdown between the Miami Heat and the current NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks. The deal is pending the ratification from the NBPA representatives though talks between them and the owners have turned positive during the last weeks.

The NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expired on June 30th, 2011 at midnight. Therefore, the NBA has been in lockout since July 1st, 2011 at 12:01 am. From that moment on, the game took one of its biggest blows so far. As a fan, a lockout is one of the worst things that could’ve ever happened to the sport. Players lose money, owners lose money and even the guy who sells popcorn in the stands loses money. Is a very tough situation for anyone who enjoys the game.

The NBA has a lot of ground to cover since its last operational day, which was June 30th, 2011. A lot of good players are now lending their talent to teams overseas and others have become either inactive or uninterested in the sport. Others have considered retirement and others have tried their luck in other sports. As far as I’m concerned, as soon as the season begins, all of those players will come back home and history will continue to be made one hoop at a time.

On Christmas morning, I’ll check beneath my tree and see if Santa brought me what I’ve been waiting for: basketball.

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