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-- NBA agreement players and owners announcing over the weekend it reached a deal to end the lockout that threatened to cancel the entire NBA season.
Both sides are now revealing details of the deal they're expected to ratify it once that does occur -- will then -- December 25 Christmas Day the total amount of games played the season 66 instead of the usual number 82 joining me now for more on this deal.
Is NBA hall of Famer all time leading score all time all galaxy Kareem Abdul Jabbar -- great to have you with.
-- by Daria are -- -- and I hope -- well and today it what is your sense of who prevailed in this in this deal.
While -- for me I think the fans of the game got the best deal.
-- declaring I think fit what they want their demands were a little bit.
Too strenuous because.
In these kind of economic times everybody -- it yeah no matter what industry look at it very common people are either unemployed or.
Had their wages and -- -- so you know it's not.
Out you know it's not for a fifth -- NBA basketball will be affected by that -- you know they had to make a better deal forward that that would enable through the week to continue in an operation.
Talking with a with a number far from its Roger Mason -- Jared Jeffries who you have the players seem very united.
Behind -- honor I've seen some media criticism of him.
Of but the -- the players who stayed united.
Were you surprised that it how long this this took to resolve.
Yeah I was I think the players just kept holding out thinking that.
They could -- -- prevail.
And get everything they want it but you know.
Missing 6% of -- it's approximately effect for fed rate cut in pay.
That I think that's not too bad especially in these economic times you know they gonna continue to get paid and get paid very well.
And -- -- will continue to operate and for the small market teams they now feel that they're in a position where they can compete with the big boys -- -- the the big cities that.
Don't have the same financial.
Problems as the small market -- And David Stern.
Fearsome negotiator whether he's negotiating with the players -- negotiating with the amongst the owners or with any of those in the so called basketball.
Related business certain basketball related income.
The players -- better than what -- many had thought they might but David Stern what are your thoughts on him is is the leader for the India.
I think there was going to be a great job.
Making the league popular.
The growth we believe worldwide has really shocked me I never thought that basketball there would be competitive with soccer for the great -- -- the world and now kids or around the world think about playing basketball in addition to playing soccer I think that that is.
You can put that right it -- -- -- he's he's helped make that that possible and the great.
Increasing popularity too -- really had all happened on his watch thought I'm very.
A very appreciative of of the job -- he's gone through again.
And the the NBA and now as I -- 66 games.
This loss -- sixteen games over the normal season.
How long do you think it's going to take maybe -- you -- do you think it'll take some time to bring fans back.
-- there's gotta be some considerable frustration I'm never seen and what I consider an accurate measurement of it but I know myself there's frustration at that walked out.
Toward both sides actually.
What do what do you think your first.
Direction yeah there's definitely frustration -- I think average fan is is happy that it's been resolved and you know when the season starts.
They'll be able to.
To watch the games it.
That they really want to watch.
For me as the -- out was proceeding.
I couldn't go to the grocery store all people think it's gonna and what -- it's gonna happen you know there's a lot a lot of interest the end is coming off from its most popular year.
In terms of welfare fan appreciation and and worldwide.
People watching the game so I I think that they need to continue to build on that and I think we're fortunate for them in the game that there were able to resolve -- -- and move forward.
Criminals always we appreciate alternative talk with -- and and I would expect nothing less than that positive perspective you bring to this issue route.
As -- a host of others thanks for being with us for an appreciate my pleasure thank you for having me --
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