Earlier this month, the NBA players union rejected a deal from owners that basically put the nail in the coffin of the 2011-2012 season. Perhaps realizing that the public doesn't really care that much, the two sides have been meeting this Thanksgiving week to salvage things and bring back basketball by the end of the year.

ESPN reports, "When settlement talks resume Friday, lawyers representing the players will be looking for the league to make most of the movement, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. The players believe they've made most of the concessions in these labor negotiations Items of concern include escrow, maximum salaries, the mid-level exception, sign-and-trades, restricted free agency and a couple of luxury tax issues, such as penalties for repeat offenders... Although the two sides have essentially agreed to a 50-50 split of basketball-related revenue and a few of the system issues, the players have been adamant in seeking give backs for surrendering almost $300 million annually to the owners after making 57% of the revenue for about the last decade."

Having the season start up by Christmas is important, because it's when NBA games usually start airing on national TV. A source told the NY Times earlier this week that there's hope of a resolution, "Both sides could fairly say that it’s crazy to blow the deal up over these remaining issues." Also, think about the people, like the ushers, who work at the arenas who have lost precious income right before the holidays.

If the sides reach a deal, the NBA would have a 66-game season.