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NBA owners and players met early into Saturday morning as their goal of playing games by Christmas reached the critical stage. With a renewed commitment to making a deal, the sides were still meeting close to 1:30 a.m., with the talks going past 13 hours.
Commissioner David Stern has said on numerous occasions that the league would need approximately 30 days from an agreement to when games could be played. In order to play on Dec. 25 — traditionally one of the league’s showcase dates — owners and players would likely have to agree to a new labor deal this weekend. However, there is a feeling that the league would hold out until as late as Wednesday before canceling games through December.
Owners and players resumed talks on Friday in Manhattan after taking a break for Thanksgiving. Lawyers for both sides had begun speaking again on Tuesday and Wednesday.