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Sources: Players won key concessions

Updated: November 26, 2011, 9:46 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

Whether the handshake agreement the owners and players reached early Saturday morning on a new labor deal is ratified remains to be seen, but the players apparently did win some concessions on vital system issues -- including the split of basketball-related income -- that prompted union leaders to reject the previous offer without a vote, league sources said.

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter told players Saturday night in a memo obtained by ESPN that the first step would be incorporating ...

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