Under the new deal, the maximum salary will increase from $115,000 to possibly more than $500,000 when base salary, bonuses, and prize pools from in-season competitions are factored in.
The deal also include mental health and domestic violence education and resources and a program to provide off-season job opportunities to prepare players for their post-retirement life.
With these new rules in place, WNBA players are now in the best position they've ever been in.
The new CBA will run through the 2027 season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The CBA also proposes a minimum of $1.6 million in offseason league and team marketing agreements that would create up to $300,000 in additional annual cash for select players. Other players are making $200,000-300,000. The average will be more than $ 130,000.
The WNBA also will work with the NBA and its developmental league and college basketball to promote players for coaching opportunities. The WNBA lost one of its biggest stars for all of last season when Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, the 2018 league MVP, suffered a torn Achilles tendon while playing in Europe.
Between the lines: National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said in 2018 that the WNBA had lost more than $10 million in each year of its operation, a figure that has been pointed to in the past as a reason to keep salaries low. "We found common ground in areas that confirmed the league's and the players' intentions to not only make meaningful improvements in working conditions and overall professional experience, but also to improve the business with strategic planning and intentional marketing that will keep the WNBA front and center year-round".
Under the new agreement, the players would be guaranteed to fly in premium economy seats.
"I was adamant on the 50-50 target", Engelbert said.
WNBA players will receive full pay when they are out on maternity leave. 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. Players are no longer allowed to miss the early games of the season, or even training camp, for overseas duties - unless it's for national team play, or the player has played three or more seasons in the WNBA.
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. Previous revenue sharing provided only about 20% option for revenue sharing.