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WNBA's New Agreement Could Double Players' Salaries

16 January 2020

The WNBA is one of the leagues that has enjoyed some success over the last decade and over this past year, they have been negotiating a brand new collective bargaining agreement for its players.

Unlike in the National Basketball Association, where stars are able to earn 20 times as much as their teammates, the top WNBA players were maxed out at $117,500 a year. After this deal, the average league salary will reach six figures for the first time in league history (circa $130,000).

The WNBA and its players' union have tentatively agreed upon a contract that would bring sizable pay increases and substantial familial, maternal and medical benefits to players.

As reported by, under the new agreement, contract wins include higher salaries, better travel conditions, paid maternity leave and cash bonuses will also be increased for players who receive performance awards, such as MVP or rookie of the year. "The league and players work together to market this league so we can share revenue with the players". She also notes that the salary cap for each team will rise by 30% as well. Top players such as Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird will be able to earn over $500,000 of base salary. The landmark agreement also features a more liberal free agency system, and a more robust and equitable revenue-sharing model based on league revenue growth.

Unless you've been living under a rock, harbor negative or indifferent feelings towards women's sports this is an issue WNBA players have been battling for years.

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Travel improvements where players are given premium economy airline tickets as well as individual rooms on road trips.

Th new agreement will start this season and runs through 2027. Players will receive a full salary while on maternity leave. In this new agreement, however, the league has asked players to decrease their other offseason playing commitments.

"It was a joint effort", said Nneka Ogwumike, the union chairman of WNBA players.

"I don't wanna play all year round".

Ogwumike is a WNBA champion and now plays for the Los Angeles Sparks.

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Living: The league's teams, which provide housing, will now guarantee two-bedroom apartments for players with children. It also drops the number of times a player can be so designated from four to three beginning this year and down to two beginning in 2022.

Workplace accommodations for nursing mothers. Family planning benefits offer up to $60,000 in reimbursement for veteran players for costs relating to adoption, surrogacy, and fertility treatments including egg freezing.

- An augmented and holistic domestic/intimate partner violence program that includes education and counseling.

Athletes will have access to a Nutrition Council and experts in women's health.

In addition, the WNBA launched Changemakers, a collective of companies that is created to directly support the WNBA financially in its transformation across marketing, branding and player and fan experience.

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WNBA's New Agreement Could Double Players' Salaries