Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/26/11
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement early Saturday morning to end the 149-day lockout. After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season. "We've reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we're optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25," Commissioner David Stern said. This handshake deal still must be ratified by both owners and players. "We thought it was in both of our best interests to try to reach a resolution and save the game," union executive director Billy Hunter said. A majority on each side is needed. The NBA needs votes from 15 of 29 owners. (The league owns the New Orleans Hornets.) The union needs a simple majority of its 430-plus members. That process is a bit more complicated after the players dissolved the union Nov. 14. Now, they must drop their antitru...
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