NBA Lockout: Finally Making Some True Headway

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NBA Lockout: Finally Making Some True Headway
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The NBA Lockout, now beginning its fourth month, is not getting stronger as it gets older. In fact, it's likely to be over altogether very soon.

The NBA and its Players' Association, after weeks of wasted time and lackadaisical bargaining, finally made some serious headway towards a resolution after long meetings on Friday and Saturday in New York City.

These meetings are dissimilar to their ancestors in that neither side stormed out, refusing to discuss any longer or leaving the upcoming meeting schedule blank. These meetings, no matter how productive, gave birth to further meetings with more participants on each side, which can only be taken as a good sign for those fearing the worst for this NBA season.

The NBA and NBPA scheduled to continue their deliberations with small parties on Monday, then again with the full cast on Tuesday.

Since team owners locked players out on July 1, the prospects for the 2011-12 season beginning on schedule have never looked more promising than they do after this weekend, though the stakes have never been higher to get a deal done. 

With the weekend's meetings yielding more sessions, there are many reasons to be optimistic that the season will be salvaged in full. Here are the most significant.

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