Will Yoder
Friday December 9th, 2011

The NBA players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement, sources have told CBS Sports.

The players had a window from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 4 p.m. Thursday to vote on the new agreement via email, CBS reports.  The player’s approval of the deal now paves the way for the owners to “formally ratify the deal.”

With the approval by both sides on a new collective bargaining agreement, training camp and free-agency will begin as scheduled on Friday. The NBA lockout lasted from July 1 until Nov. 26 when the owners and the players reached a tentative deal on an agreement. Last week the NBA Players Association voted to re-form after originally disbanding in order to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the league. Games are scheduled to begin Christmas day.

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