On Tuesday, overwhelming majority of WNBA players voted for the new collective agreement between the Women & # 39; s National Basketball Association and the Women & # 39; s National Basketball Players Association to raise base salaries significantly, involve new childcare, and improve travel standards and benefits for maternity and progressive family planning to revise the league's business structure to get more corporate sponsorship.
The new agreement, which comes into effect for the 2020 season, gives high-ranking players the opportunity to take home more than $ 500,000 in salaries, while others earn between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000 and the average salary can raise nearly $ 130,000. The new CBA offers beginners and veterans a bigger boost due to performance bonuses, prize pools and team marketing deals.
This new agreement, initiated by 90 percent of WNBA players with an eight-year term, is a major improvement for WNBA players who often chose to compete abroad in the off-season for their lean ones To compensate salaries.
Seattle Storm Point Guard and WNBPA Executive Member Sue Bird said their decisions would have been completely different if this agreement had come into effect when they entered the league.
"Probably dramatically different," said Bird. "With the new rules, I probably wouldn't have gone overseas and just left college."
Significant changes under the new CBA will be largely funded by the owners and teams, the NBA, and the newly implemented WNBA Changemakers Partnership Platform program, which currently includes AT&T, Deloitte, and Nike.
"We approached these negotiations with an agenda that put players first, and I'm pleased that this agreement guarantees the WNBA women a significant increase in pay and progressive benefits," said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.