WNBA players have opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement in order to seek higher wages, improved travel conditions and more marketing opportunities.
The CBA runs until October 2021 but the move allows the players’ union to start negotiating the next agreement, which would start in the 2020 season.
The league has seen growth in several areas since the CBA was signed in 2014 and the players are seeking a bigger slice of the pie. The top salary in the league was $115,500 this season.
“We’re opting out because women’s basketball’s potential is infinite. We’re opting out because there’s still a lot more work to be done. And we’re betting on ourselves to do it,” WNBA Players Association president Nneka Ogwumike wrote in an essay on The Players Tribune.
The WNBA said in a statement: “The league and its teams are committed to an open and good-faith negotiation that is rooted in the financial realities of our business. We are getting to work immediately and are confident such a process can lead to a fair deal for all involved.”