The new collective-bargaining agreement also aims to improve the overall player experience in the WNBA and targets the core issues that have dominated conversation in the league for the last few years. That's more than triple the max salary under the previous CBA. Cash rewards for players who receive MVP or rookie of the year awards have been increased.
The increased compensation will come in the form of base salaries, performance bonuses and prize money for in-season tournaments.
The biggest demand players won in this deal is a 50-50 revenue split with the league. The high maximum salary for 2020 will have a significant bump, going from $117,500 to $215,000, and the 2020 salary cap will be $1.3 million, up from $996,100 in 2019.
"We address these negotiations with a first-player agenda, and I am pleased that this agreement guarantees substantial increases in compensation and progressive benefits for WNBA women", said WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert as part of a statement from league press. Along with this new addition, there is a possible $5,000 stipend that is titled "an annual child care stipend".
The deal also calls for a new 50-50 revenue sharing model from 2021, based on the league achieving revenue growth targets from broadcast agreements, marketing partnerships and licensing deals.
The WNBA will work with its affiliated leagues, teams and sponsors to provide off-season job opportunities created to prepare players for their post-playing careers and will advance diversity in coaching initiatives for veteran players interested in coaching careers.
-Travel improvements where players are given premium economy airline tickets as well as individual rooms on road trips.
The new CBA operates from 2020 to 2027 with a provision of mutual exclusion after six years. She protested the lack of options she was provided from finding out she was pregnant and through her maternity leave.
The historic announcement was made by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and Nneka Ogwumike, the WNBA Players Association president. The eight-year agreement has several other terms to support players on and off the court to be better able to provide as wives, mothers, and breadwinners in their families.
UFC fighter Paige VanZant has complained that she makes more money on Instagram than she does fighting in the octagon, and one National Pro Fastpitch player has said she earns less than the bat boy for the New York Yankees.
Workplace accommodations that provide a comfortable, safe and private place for nursing mothers. 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".
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. AT&T, Nike and Deloitte are the inaugural three companies.