NEW YORK — The season will start Dec. 15, there will be 72 games, and the start of the NBA finals will be pushed back into mid-June instead of early June.
That is assuming the players ratify the proposal David Stern made to the union late last night.
Here are the next several steps:
1. The union’s player reps, with one player representing each team, will have the proposal detailed for them at a meeting in New York on Monday or Tuesday (depending on travel logistics).
2. A petition seeking involuntary decertification will be filed with the National Labor Relations Board, which will sit on it until it sees whether the union accepts the offer on the table.
3. After the player reps are briefed, they will vote on whether to put the offer up for a vote by the entire NBA player population.
4. If a vote is endorsed, players will have to travel to a specific location (likely New York) to be present for a ratification vote. That could take until the end of next week because of the travel logistics.
5. If the offer is ratified, we are playing ball — but there will be less than 30 days for the agreement to be put into writing, for free agency to play out, training camps to open and one or two exhibition games to be played.
In the meantime, we wait.