Collective bargaining agreement for WNBA players still in the works

The Women’s National Basketball Players Association is still in negotiations with the WNBA for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to WNBPA Executive Committee President Tamika Catchings.


The former CBA expired Sept. 30, and the two sides have been working on an agreement since then. There is no agreed-upon deadline for a new CBA, nor does the WNBPA have an idea when one will be formalized.


“There is no estimated time for the new agreement, but sooner is always better than later,” Catchings said. “The two sides will have a meeting in New York before the end of the month.”


There are many points of negotiation, but Catchings said one of the key discussions revolves around increasing the current 11-player roster limit. Critics have said such small rosters take a team out of contention with even one or two injuries.


No player trades between teams are allowed while the two sides are negotiating.


“No trades would be allowed in the league until January, even under the previous CBA,” Catchings said.