And-Ones: WNBA, Wade, Two-Way Candidates

The WNBA and its players union have reached a landmark labor deal, announcing the tentative eight-year agreement today, as Doug Feinberg of The Associated Press outlines.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will increase the average and maximum salaries for players while enhancing standards and benefits related to travel and maternity leave. The deal, which has been approved by players and still must be ratified by owners, includes a 50-50 revenue sharing split beginning in 2021.

“I call it historic,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “The CBA guarantees substantial (financial) increases. The way we are paying these players is different than the past. … The top couple players are tripling (in pay) where they were. Other players are making $200-300K. The average will be over $130K. Everyone gets an increase here.”

The WNBA is also introducing a mid-season competition called the Commissioner’s Cup, per Mechelle Voepel of ESPNW. The event could be a mini-preview of what’s to come in the NBA, where commissioner Adam Silver has pushed the idea of an in-season tournament.

“We will designate Cup games the first half of the season leading into the Olympic break this year,” Engelbert said. “And then [for] the two teams with the best records, we will have a final in August as our first game back to re-launch the season. In 2020, the cash prizes will be more moderate, but in 2021, we’re going to step them up as we seek sponsors.”

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4 thoughts on “And-Ones: WNBA, Wade, Two-Way Candidates

  1. fantasyman99

    I’d like to see what he would bring to a team like the Bucks or Heat ; i believe if he lands w either LA team without losing a legit part of the rotation that teams winning a championship .. Rose still has that MVP swagger and confidence; it’s not in every play , Championship teams should go get him ..

  2. x%sure

    The WNBA CBA really sleds. There is talk of growing revenue through “marketing contracts” and so forth but that just means pulling more money from fans, probably NBA fans.

    Every level and idea got a funding increase, with a 50/50 split with the mens game, wow. This just creates pressure to cook the books, given the wildly uneven revenue split. But this is secret data anyway. Who believes Silver?

    It looks like appeasement and legacy-arranging by management.

    • jkoms57

      MMA is a perfect platform for women to compete given the weight classes etc.

      A good fight is a good fight. Gender does not matter.

      The sad truth is that womens pro basketball is just plain boring to watch.

      The solution is that women (who are good enough) play in the NBA alongside complementary talent.

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