First, the WNBA will offer a maximum salary of $215,000 in the future — an increase of almost $100,000 over last season. Top players are also allowed to earn up to $300,000 more in „league marketing agreements“ designed to deter stars from playing abroad during the WNBA offseason. Those two numbers, combined with additional incentives for successes such as all-star participation and mid-season tournament wins, could represent a payday of more than $500,000 for the league`s brightest stars. NEW YORK, January 14, 2020 – The Women`s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women`s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) until the league`s players and board of governors are ratified. One incident set the tone for the season: in April, six months after the WNBA players withdrew from their last collective bargaining agreement and a month before the tipoff, the final MVP of the time and in 2018 Breanna Stewart, WNBA champion of the Seattle Storm, tore off their Achilles tendon while playing in a European league. (Given the WNBA`s unimpressed pay, most of their players supplement their earnings by playing in leagues abroad during the off-season.) Where and when Stewart was injured, it`s enough ammunition for a labor dispute, but the way it happened is also boring: she jumped for a Jumper and found herself clumsy on the foot of her defender Brittney Griner – a 6-time WNBA All-Star experienced who accidentally plays most of the year for a Russian club named UMMC Ekaterinburg. The scene unfolds like a cruel trick in a fatal encounter: two women, none of whom is in a just world, collide in the most unfortunate way. All salary figures have not yet been published, but the text of the new CBA is expected to be published soon. In a conference call on Tuesday, it was announced that the players had ratified the agreement „overwhelmingly“ by a vote. The CBA has not yet been ratified by the League`s Board of Governors, but that is what is expected. Chiney Ogwumike breaks down the remarkable points of the WNBA`s new collective bargaining agreement, including increased player compensation and psychological resources. (1:21) At a time when the U.S. National Women`s Soccer team and American football are fighting in court over wage differences and questionable working conditions, WNBA players and their league have conducted productive negotiations.

These negotiations resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement in the workplace and, most likely, a more marketable league for fans and consumers. Although the agreement is extremely favourable to players, there are still some provisions that could benefit the owners. The additional cash compensation also includes a minimum of $1.6 million in off-season marketing agreements that would allow up to $300,000 for selected players. Mental health resources are also included in the new collective agreement. „We approached these negotiations with a first player program and I am pleased that this agreement will guarantee WNBA women substantial increases in pay and progressive benefits,“ said Cathy Engelbert, WNBA Commissioner. „I would like to thank the players, led by WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike and the WNBPA Executive Committee, as well as WNBPA Executive Director Terri Jackson, for their hard work, innovative thinking and professionalism throughout the process. I would also like to thank the Labour Relations Committee and the League`s Board of Governors for their investments, commitment and leadership, as we look forward to working together to make the WNBA a sustainable and successful activity for generations of basketball players. In November 2018, the league and its players` union decided not to enter into their current CBA agreement, after W`s top players used their social media platforms to express their displeasure with the league`s distribution of sales, meagre salaries, benefits and heb