WNBA Agrees to ‘Groundbreaking’ Deal for Women and Moms

WNBA players reach a provisional employment contract of eight years

WNBA players reach a provisional employment contract of eight years

The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time.

If the new collective-bargaining agreement is approved by the league's board of governors and the union's membership, the contract will begin in May ahead of the 2020 season and will run through 2027. Hopefully through this CBA, more Players' associations such as the NWSL and US Women's Soccer, will be able to use the WNBA as a model for ways to go about financial changes in their own leagues.

The salary increase for the highest-paid WNBA players improves their annual base salaries to $215,000 from $117,500.

"We believe it's a groundbreaking and historic deal", WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement obtained by ESPN.

"With cautious optimism and trusting the league's renewed commitment and investment, the players demonstrated a willingness to "lean in" themselves and show an even greater commitment and investment in the W", WNBPA executive director Terri Jackson said.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and Chiney Ogwumike joined Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to discuss the new changes in the WNBA saying their hopes for this to lead to more changes in society.

The CBA represents a significant step forward for players who have had to play year-round in overseas leagues to make any significant money playing professionally.

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The biggest demand players won in this deal is a 50-50 revenue split with the league.

The new CBA includes a 53% pay raise for players, maternity and fertility benefits, and it overhauls the structure of the season for women's professional basketball. Teams had to fly coaches under the previous agreement, but under the new agreement, players are promised "Premium Economy Class" during the regular season. Individual hotel accommodations were also included.

A collaborative effort to address travel concerns through the Player Advisory Panel.

MARTIN: Plus a stipend for child care and two-bedroom apartments for players with kids. It also reduces the number of times a player can be designated from four to three from this year and back to two starting in 2022. For players who are looking to start a family, the league will offer a $60,000 reimbursement for "adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation or fertility/infertility treatment".

Free agent players will now have unrestricted status a year earlier than under the prior agreement.

Skylar Diggins-Smith recently broke her silence regarding the intense conditions her body was under and lack of support she received after she played the entire 2018 season while she was pregnant with her son. Hopefully, by the WNBA investing in its players, then teams' revenue and fan base will also grow.

Players will be provided with enhanced mental health benefits resources, as well as education and counseling as part of a domestic/intimate partner violence program.

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