NBA owners and players are meeting this week to try to resolve the antitrust lawsuits filed by the players, according to ESPN.com.
The two sides met on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday, sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. They are expected to meet through Friday.
The goal was to try to end the lockout in time to start the season by Christmas, according to The New York Times.
The Times also reported that the league has a plan to have a 66-game season if a deal can be reached by Christmas. According to the Times, the two sides have picked up where they last left negotiations – discussing a proposal that includes a 50-50 split of revenues. Last week, the players rejected that proposal because of other issues and not the 50-50 split, according to the Times.
“Both sides could fairly say that it’s crazy to blow the deal up over these remaining issues,” one person tied to the talks told the Times.
It was reported earlier that both sides were talking to a potential “deal-maker” to help reach an agreement this week.