Agreement Reached to Save NBA Season! 

Agreement Reached to Save NBA Season! 
Posted by FoM on January 06, 1999 at 17:19:43 PT

The NBA lockout finally ended Wednesday on its 191st day after a nasty and divisive struggle that cost the owners and players hundreds of millions of dollars and scarred a league at the pinnacle of its popularity. Also, the agreement includes a ban on Marijuana, with all players undergoing drug testing once per season, and tougher player discipline penalties and conduct rules. 
``Everybody lost. We lost three months of the season and we did a disservice to the game, so there are no winners and losers,'' Charles Barkley said. ``There's going to be a lot of damage.'' The season will begin the first week of February, with teams playing about 50 games each, some 30 fewer than a regular season. The agreement was reached just 29 hours before the NBA Board of Governors was to vote on canceling the remainder of the season. It came just before dawn, following an all-night bargaining session at NBA headquarters between commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter. 
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Comment #1 posted by Mitzi on January 07, 1999 at 08:40:58 PT:
NBA League Bans Smoking Marijuana
I happen to agree that highly highly paid NBA players should refrain from smoking marijuana during active season. But let's take this one step further, they should not smoke, drink or abuse any drugs during the season. Lets face it, when they go out on the town to celebrate or relax and drink alot, then they get rowty and get into trouble. If they would just stay home and smoke a joint, they wouldn't get into as much trouble. but fair is fair, they are being paid alot, so they shouldn't do anything to alter their persona.
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