On Tuesday, the WNBA agreed on a brand new collective bargaining agreement. This promises to be a huge improvement for the league, and especially for the players.
In 2020, the WNBA players will be eligible for maternity leave, the average salary will go up to $130.000, while the max salary will rise up to $500.000. Furthermore, the women will no longer have to fly coach, but will be in at least economy plus.
Not surprisingly, a lot of people had something to say about this new CBA.
A historic day in the WNBA!
Full release ⬇️https://t.co/clzau51qfa
— WNBA (@WNBA) January 14, 2020
We did this for the next generation.
This is our legacy.
144 BADA$$ women of the WNBA got it done!
And we just getting started…
— Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) January 14, 2020
I am so happy for ever single player in the @WNBA and ever young girl on her way! This is such a blessing! I’m just happy to witness it! Congrats to all who helped fight the good fight! #Groundbreaking https://t.co/7LGNGHoYg4
— Lisa Leslie (@LisaLeslie) January 14, 2020
I wanna add the importance of female journalist being involved in the #WNBA CBA news.
You've got women out here everyday covering the ground and getting paid next to nothing (sometimes nothing) to promote the game.
Editors: pay up. Gig is running up. pic.twitter.com/7gJHQydlgD
— Kelsey Trainor (@ktrain_11) January 15, 2020
— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) January 14, 2020See Also
The new @WNBA CBA addressed #WNBATravel + lodging. Players will now get individual hotel rooms on the road, fly in comfort plus seating, and teams will have more flexibility to charter flights when necessary. Take a look back at travel woes from last season. #wnba (A THREAD) pic.twitter.com/GvdutNFLDh
— Khristina Williams (@Khristina2334) January 15, 2020
LeBron James with a nod to the WNBA for its new CBA pic.twitter.com/PNwdlspZ34
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 15, 2020
Of course, not everyone was enthusiastic about this new development.
The WNBA is a joke. It loses money every year yet theee girls just got a triple pay raise and crazy benefits for a league no one watches or cares about. So equality for women now equates to charity? #WNBA
— EIGHT THOUGHTS (@Eight_Thots) January 14, 2020