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Agreement could have refs back in time for season opener - updated
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10-23-2009, 10:41 PM
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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was expected after commissioner David Stern and referees' lead negotiator Lamell McMorris, both of whom had previously withdrawn from the talks, re-entered the negotiations and brokered the final settlement in a meeting at the NBA's New York headquarters.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
this weekend before receiving their assignments for the start of the regular season, which begins Tuesday night with four games.
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