Sep 15, 2011, 5:18 PM EST
The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal.
The bad news is it’s with the referees.
We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot how bad the officiating was in the 2009 preseason when replacement referees were used.)
But the two sides have reached an agreement, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No details have been released, plus both the and the referees’ rank and file still need to vote approval, but this seems to be in the bag.
The good omens here are that this was a pretty heated negotiation that included the referees union filing a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board back in April saying the league would not negotiate in good faith. Exactly like the players union did.
But a few months later we have a deal that everyone can live with.
If you’re looking for optimism on the players and owners talks, that’s the best we can do.
- PBT’s Top 10 NBA stories of 2014, No. 10: Anthony Davis’ breakout 9
- Rumor: Ray Allen leaning toward retirement, not return 8
- Josh Smith makes Rockets debut, throws down two-handed dunk (VIDEO) 13
- Carmelo Anthony on the Knicks: “The fans are dying, we’re dying” 20
- Rockets officially sign Josh Smith, who will play Friday night; waive Tarik Black 6
- Clippers win ‘nice, boring’ Christmas Day battle with Warriors 1
- Miami fans give LeBron warm welcome, Heat team not so much in upset win 24
- Russell Westbrook inspires Thunder to skid-stopping win over Spurs 8