If your “Christmas Wish List” includes a slate of games on Christmas Day, you may still be in luck according to a report that the “New York Times” published on Wednesday. According to the paper representatives from the now defunct NBA Players Association as well as NBA Team Owners resumed negotiations on Tuesday and Wednesday, hoping to hammer out a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement by this weekend. The talks will resume on Friday, with the hopes that a new agreement can be ratified and the NBA regular season can tip-off on Christmas Day.
By starting the campaign on December 25, the Association would hold a 66-game regular season instead of the traditional 82-game campaign. The regular season would then extend further into April, and the NBA Finals would be played a week later than what is on the current schedule. Former Executive Director of the players union Billy Hunter has been involved in the talks according to the report; however former players union President Derek Fisher has not been involved in the new negotiations as of now. There has been no word whether NBA Commissioner David Stern has been present during the latest round of negotiations.