The WNBA and its players appear to have laid the foundation for a brighter future.
The league and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association announced Tuesday via conference call they’ve reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The eight-year deal will boost the salaries for top players from $117,500 to $215,000 and also include these other personal and professional benefits:
“… other cash compensation increases, changes to free agency, travel improvements, additional motherhood and family-planning benefits, enhanced marketing and career-development opportunities, and changes to revenue-sharing potential,” according to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel.
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The WNBA governors are expected to ratify the new CBA, which the players support overwhelmingly.
On conference call, WNBPA executive committee president Nneka Ogwumike said that there was over 90% player participation in voting to approve CBA, and it was overwhelmingly approved.
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WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert told The New York Times the new CBA represents a “big bet” on the enduring appeal of women’s professional sports.
“What we have here is a multidimensional pay structure as well as benefit structure,” Engelbert said in a phone interview. “We’ve really gone all out here. We’re making a big bet on this league, a big bet on women, and that in professional sports, that the W.N.B.A. can lead the way.”
The 2020 WNBA season is expected to begin in May and conclude in October.
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