NBA Labor Deal

December 9, 2011 by staff 

NBA Labor Deal, NBA basketball is back, and commissioner David Stern insists better than before. Maybe it won’t be noticed right away, but Stern said the “tortured journey” of this 161-day lockout will prove to be worth it.

Stern announced that owners and players ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday, the final step to ending the five-month lockout and paving the way for training camps and free agency to open Friday.

Together with an expanded revenue sharing program, Stern said teams and fans will see an improved league in coming years.

“It’s a new beginning in a way,” he said. “It’s going to take a couple of years to work its way out, but we’re very excited about its prospects.”

The 10-year deal promises owners savings of perhaps a quarter billion dollars a year but leaves intact the soft salary cap system that the players fought hard to maintain.

Women’s Soccer
La. Tech: Senior defenders Scotti Culton and Olivia Lukasewich and sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke were named to the 2011 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Women’s Soccer Teams. Lukasewich was selected to the first team while Culton and Updyke received honorable mention honors.

NCAA Football
NSU: Northwestern State senior football standouts Justin Aldredge and Yaser Elqutub were named Capitol One Academic All-Americans Thursday, making the Demons one of only six Division I teams to have at least two honorees on the 48-man squad.

It is the first time in school history that any sport has placed two student-athletes on an Academic All-America team.

Tulane: Tulane University believes a home-field advantage will make all the difference.

The school on Thursday announced plans to build a $60 million football stadium on campus.

Kansas: Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has been hired at Kansas, where he’ll try to rebuild a program that won the Orange Bowl just a few years ago but floundered under Turner Gill.

NCAA Hoops
LSU: LSU guard Chris Bass is one of 17 student-athletes nationwide to garner a 2011 Academic Momentum First Team award Thursday as announced by the Scholar Baller program in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

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