Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

WNBA and union finalize historic deal for higher salaries

WNBA and union finalize historic deal for higher salaries

Compared to the National Basketball Association, which splits its revenue in half with the men's players, women on the WNBA now earn just 20 to 30 percent of league revenue, according to The New York Times.

For the first time in history, the average cash compensation will average almost $130,000, resulting in an increase for all players.

The increased compensation will come in the form of base salaries, performance bonuses and prize money for in-season tournaments. The deal will allow the league's top players to earn cash compensation up to half a million dollars. She also notes that the salary cap for each team will rise by 30% as well. While maximum compensation for top players could exceed $500,000, other top players have the chance to earn between $200,000 and $300,000.

The league says it will share revenue with players on a 50-50 basis if the league meets revenue growth targets from broadcast agreements, marketing partnerships and licensing deals.

Travel: Players will still have to fly commercial (rather than charter), but they'll finally get their own individual hotel rooms.

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. Players will receive a full salary while on maternity leave. The new agreement also decreases the amount of times a player can be given the "core" designation.

© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Friday, May 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks' Chiney Ogwumike (13), obscured at left, and her sister Nneka Ogwumike celebrate after a win over the Connecticut Sun in a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles. "We found common ground in areas that confirmed the league and player's intentions not only to significantly improve working conditions and overall work experience, but also to improve the strategic planning and deliberate marketing business that WNBA is at the forefront and is at the center all year round".

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

A new annual childcare stipend of $5,000. 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.

Nursing mothers will be provided safe and private workplace accommodations. Costs for adoption, surrogacy as well as fertility/infertility treatment are also covered.

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

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

Players will have better mental health benefits and a better domestic-violence program focused on counseling and education. This new platform is created to directly support the WNBA in its transformation across marketing, branding, and player and fan experience.

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