WNBA and WNBPA reach deal on a new CBA

Finally – the WNBA and WNBPA have reached a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement:

The league and its players’ union reached a labor agreement Saturday on a six-year deal. It replaces the agreement that expired Sept. 30, a few weeks before the Minnesota Lynx won their second WNBA title in three seasons.

The maximum team roster size will increase by one to 12 under the deal, which must be drafted into a formal collective bargaining agreement in the next few weeks.

“The WNBA and WNBPA are pleased to announce an agreement in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement,” WNBA President Laurel Richie told The Associated Press. “Over the next week to 10 days, we will be working together to complete the written agreement.”……

Among the changes:

-Owners will be able to increase fines and penalties associated with overseas play when players can’t fulfill WNBA obligations.

-Smaller annual increases in the salary cap than called for in the previous deal.

-An improved revenue sharing program for the players.

Trades can begin again, even before the final paperwork is signed, which is a good thing: teams are way behind in scouting their teams.

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