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Basketball, Wnba

W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract

The league and its players’ union have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement that would nearly double the maximum salary and provide paid maternal leave.


The W.N.B.A. and its players’ union have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement that would nearly double the maximum salary and provide paid maternal leave

The league and its players’ union have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement that would nearly double the maximum salary and provide paid maternal leave.

But amid a broader cultural reckoning over disparities in how society regards women and men, the league’s 12 teams have attracted increased attention, and its players have felt more empowered to push for better pay and benefits.

The N.B.A., which created the W.N.B.A. in 1996 and shares ownership with the women’s teams, splits its revenue about 50-50 with the men’s players. In the W.N.B.A., the players are estimated to receive just 20 to 30 percent of league revenue. By 2021, if the league reaches certain revenue markers in broadcast agreements, marketing partnerships and licensing deals, the W.N.B.A. and its players could be splitting revenue equally. The contract would last for eight years, through 2027.

In exchange for these and other benefits is a new requirement that will be gradually phased in: Players must be in W.N.B.A. training camps from the start. No more reporting late, or even after the season begins, to finish commitments to clubs overseas, with exceptions built in only for national team play and players in their first three seasons. Players, from superstars to rookies, have long supplemented their league pay by competing for clubs overseas during the off-season.

That and other examples of players returning fatigued or injured have prompted the league and union to find ways to encourage players to stay stateside more.

Certain games on the 2020 schedule will be designated as Cup games, with separate standings for this in-season competition. The two teams with the best records in Cup games will play for the Commissioner’s Cup title. Starting in 2021, the prize money for in-season tournaments will be a minimum of $750,000.

Player movement, too, will become easier, echoing an N.B.A. trend to give players more opportunities to change teams or sign new deals. In the last W.N.B.A. agreement, players could not reach unrestricted free agency until they had played six full seasons. That number would become five. The leagues will, over the next several years, reduce how many times a team can designate someone as a core player and thus prevent them, even as an unrestricted free agent, from leaving the team.

“We believe this is the best deal to drive a return on investment during the term of this agreement,” Engelbert said. “But no doubt, a lot of these elements are setting up the future for the next generation of players to be in a great place — for the current stars to leave behind a legacy for the next generation.”

Read more: The New York Times

nunziapenelope MariannaFazz RosaPolacco qualcosa si muove e la pallacanestro è davanti a tutti (purtroppo non per merito mio) equalpay ramonashelburne I am all for WNBA Players making as much money as they can. Here is The Problem: Today’s WNBA Stinks. Compare Today’s Players with The Stars of The First 5 Years of The WNBA, with Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, and Cynthia Cooper. Those Women carried that league! People watched!

The irony is that many (most) of the people who applaud this in the comments and argue fairness, etc have never spent a single dollar supporting the WNBA but want others to subsidize entertainment with limited appeal. Socialist mindset. It's a start....still got work to do Well I can’t say I rly care cus very few people will miss the WMBA

And this day marks the end of WNBA. It’s good news for WNBA players and women in general...But who watches WNBA games other than players’ friends and relatives? ;-) The market doesnt care. The NBA has to subsidize the WNBA as it has almost no attendance or TV ratings. 16% of kids in the USA are in poverty. +24% of single-parent families without a husband are in poverty. Andrew Yang's humanity first and policy designed around it is far from saving men. It will save capitalism. It will save dem from falling into socialism. Can you see it?

lol this offended some people's balls. People want to invest, what are you gonna do about it? So the highest will be 250k? I guess its better than 127k . need more from the ladies to get this money truck going!

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Lol wut It would be nice to understand the WNBA inroads to more female fans. Maybe nba is providing more support but the WNBA can never grow that way. More teams, more players..etc Why do u people hate on capitalists when they do not shitty things like this, but love then when they do literal evil shit. It’s like y’all hate women or something 🤔🤔🤔

They'll be asking for more Historic Day for the W!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Mooks_22 About time! Good move by owners to continue investing in their product. The reality is that the W needs to attract and engage female fans in larger numbers to succeed long-term. Connecting with/growing the coveted ~18 to 35yr old demo that has the power to move the needle has to be the goal.

This is Awesome news and long overdue!

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Cathy is awesome! Loyal Deloitte employee here W People in the comments who think this will make anyone watch the games They didn’t have paid maternal leave? Who’s running this league? Rich white guys? WNBA This is great news, and long overdue. Gender equality only means a race to the bottom. We see it on the labor market and also in sports. Sports like basketball and soccer are a leftover of our barbaric pagan past. Remember that the ball symbolizes the severed head of some defeated arch-enemy.

Actually it nearly triples it, thanks WNBA BIG step for the league! Women’s sports will grow with an investment like this! WNBA With whose money? It’s been subsidized by the NBA since its creation. 🙏🏻

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no body cares about the WNBA. Beautiful and they should get more pay... Nobody watches the WNBA.

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