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NBA, Players Reach Tentative Deal to Begin Season on Dec. 25

The National Basketball Association and its players reached a tentative labor agreement that would settle an antitrust lawsuit and set a season-opening triple-header on Dec. 25.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league plans a 66-game season starting Christmas Day. If players and owners ratify the deal reached yesterday morning after 15 hours of talks, Stern said the NBA will open training camps Dec. 9 and he expects the free-agency period to begin that day as well.