Yesterday morning on Good Morning America a game-changing WNBA announcement was made.
Pay for the league’s top players will triple. For the first time in WNBA history, the average cash compensation for players will exceed six figures.
➖ Players can make around $500,000
➖ Average salary will be around $130,000
➖ Paid maternity leave with full pay, child care stipend, and family planning benefitsGMA
It’s about damn time that the WNBA will be paid a livable wage. I did some more digging and found the most critical changes that will be coming across the league.
Critical Elements Of The New CBA
- A 53% increase in total cash compensation, consisting of base salary, additional performance bonuses, prize pools for new in-season competitions, and league and marketing deals. The average cash compensation for players will exceed six figures for the first time in league history, averaging nearly $130,000.
- Enhanced player travel, including premium economy class status for all players for regular season air travel and individual hotel room accommodations.
- More robust motherhood and family planning elements, which would provide players with their full salary while on maternity leave, a new annual childcare stipend of $5,000, two-bedroom apartments for players with children, and family planning benefits for veteran players that would reimburse them up to $60,000 for costs related to adoption, surrogacy, and fertility treatment.
- Unrestricted free agency starting one year earlier than the previous CBA.
- Improved career development and other quality of life initiatives, including off-season job opportunities and coaching initiatives to better prepare players for post-playing careers, enhanced mental health benefits and resources, and an augmented domestic/intimate partner violence program.
It may not exactly be equal but this a great step in the right direction. The 2020 year will be one for the books and I’m excited to see where it goes!