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Old 10-23-2009, 11:41 PM   #15 (permalink)

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Source: NBA referees approve two-year labor agreement - ESPN

It's a done deal: The regular NBA refs will be back for the start of the regular season.

A nearly monthlong lockout of the league's 57 referees effectively ended Friday night when the referees, according to a league source, approve the collective bargaining deal that was agreed to in principle Tuesday on a voice vote.

Approval was expected after commissioner David Stern and referees' lead negotiator Lamell McMorris, both of whom had previously withdrawn from the talks, re-entered the negotiations and brokered the final settlement in a meeting at the NBA's New York headquarters.

The referees will conduct a brief training camp in New jersey this weekend before receiving their assignments for the start of the regular season, which begins Tuesday night with four games.
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