But travel problems are just the beginning. The average salary of an WNBA player was about $75,000 a year, which is $7.6 million less than NBA players (although men are skewed by people who make money). Although it is not close to closing the gap, the new agreement will allow the WNBA`s top players to earn more than 500,000 $US, three times more than last year. And it`s not just MVPs cashing in: for the first time in the WNBA`s history, average wages will be more than six figures – an incentive to deter athletes from going abroad in the off-season to supplement their income, a practice that Ogwumike says is “a symptom of the lack of justice and equality.” In addition, players are ready to achieve a significant reduction in broadcasting revenues. This is a potentially lucrative deal, as WNBA television audiences have increased by 64% in 2019. The WNBA`s new collective bargaining agreement, announced last week and announced for its progress, follows a season in which the League`s odes to empowerment and their work practices have become economically irreconcilable. On social media, players have documented all sorts of headaches — annoying travel delays on commercial flights for street games, 6-foot and 6-foot feet stuck in medium-sized seats — a lot of these disruptors because they were daily, the troubles you and I have of talentless Nobodies , tolerate, but that, stratospherically, should not tolerate good basketball players who depend on their bodies. The W.N.B.A. and its players` union have signalled a radical change in the way female athletes will be compensated by an interim contract that would significantly increase wages and offer generous maternal benefits, which Commissioner Cathy Engelbert called a “big bet on women.” Each WNBA player enters the 2020 season with a win, whenever that will be the case. (The season was scheduled to begin on May 15, but was postponed due to COVID-19. The WNBA will host a virtual project on April 17 that will be broadcast for the first time in history on ESPN`s main channel.) In January, the league`s players` association agreed with the WNBA on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that marks a brighter future for a sport that has historically sidelined players` rights. At a time when U.S. National Women`s Soccer and American football are fighting in court over wage differences and questionable working conditions, WNBA players and their leagues have conducted productive negotiations.
These negotiations resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement in the workplace and, most likely, a more marketable league for fans and consumers. The league and its players` union agreed on the principle of a new collective bargaining agreement that would almost double the maximum salary and provide for paid maternity leave. The impact of the agreement goes far beyond basketball at a time when women around the world are demanding higher wages and benefits on their own and as a challenge to historical pay inequality, which they earn less than men for similar work. It was in football that the pushback was most evident, where the U.S. women`s national team continued its confederation and where star players like Megan Rapinoe spoke. But the fight also goes into tennis, hockey, athletics and other sports. First, the WNBA will offer a maximum salary of $215,000 in the future — an increase of almost $100,000 over last season. Top players are also allowed to earn up to $300,000 more in “league marketing agreements” designed to deter stars from playing abroad during the WNBA offseason. Those two numbers, combined with additional incentives for successes such as all-star participation and mid-season tournament wins, could represent a payday of more than $500,000 for the league`s brightest stars.
The W.N.B.A. will also meet with other leagues – the N.B.A. and their development league and college basketball — to promote their own players in.