WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and WNBPA President and L.A. Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike revealed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts.
Major announcement coming up @GMA…@Wnba commissioner @CathyEngelbert and president of the @TheWnbpa @Nnemkadi30 are joining us to discuss a changed landscape of women in team sports. Very excited to have them share the big news LIVE!
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) January 14, 2020
BREAKING: @CathyEngelbert from the @WNBA announces a new landmark deal for female athletes. “We’re hoping to lift, not just women in sports and women in basketball, but women in society.”@RobinRoberts@Nnemkadi30 https://t.co/n0zPNGp6Sz pic.twitter.com/V6eBw2wH3S
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 14, 2020
Following the announcement, Chiney Ogwumike, WNBPA Vice President, took to Twitter to help fans understand the new CBA.
Ladies & gentlemen… they BET ON WOMEN! ✊🏿💯
Soooo proud of our new WNBA CBA!
A THREAD! ⤵️
— Chiney Ogwumike (@chiney) January 14, 2020
Current and former players praised the WNBA and WNBPA for their collaborative and progressive efforts.
— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) January 14, 2020
— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) January 14, 2020
BLESSED is truly an understatement when I think about being just 1/144 women in this GREAT organization (@WNBA) ! I’m so proud of the growth this league has made & the powerful women applying pressure in order for us to get what we deserve . Progressing , because they #BetOnWomen
— Princess StephMav (@SMavunga_23) January 14, 2020
— Monique Currie (@Mocurrie25) January 14, 2020
Congratulations to the league and its players. There are huge steps forward in this agreement. https://t.co/Zu32US6Ouo
— Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) January 14, 2020
Say what you want, but at the end of the day, we’re out here making REAL CHANGE!
And when he’s old enough to understand, I know my son will be proud of me and that’s EVERYTHING ❤️
— Skylar Diggins-Smith (@SkyDigg4) 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
Today is a Glorious day♥️🙌🏾 Congrats to the @TheWNBPA @wnba for laying the groundwork for the next generation! #BetOnWomen .. To the Exec Committee many will never know the time you put in or the resolve you had to get it done! Salute ladies ✊🏾 Job Well Done @Nnemkadi30 So Proud! https://t.co/u8NEtGumHg
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) January 14, 2020
seeing these changes in our league has been AMAZING. it has my dream since I was little was to play in the @WNBA! This truly is an organization that I’m super proud to be a part of and can’t wait to see what the future holds 🙏🏾
— Lexie Brown (@Lexiebrown) January 14, 2020
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 15, 2020
Many called the new CBA “historical” and “groundbreaking” as it sets a new standard for not only the WNBA but professional women’s sports around the world.
The W.N.B.A. and its players’ union have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement that would nearly double the maximum salary and provide paid maternal leave https://t.co/i3e5XUSKbe
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 14, 2020
‘NICE GOING LADIES!’: We recognize the @WNBA for reaching a monumental agreement with their league skyrocketing paychecks, guaranteeing paid maternity leave, increasing travel standards and more for players. https://t.co/ANKV8PHbn5 pic.twitter.com/tWcBEB7j6P
— The View (@TheView) January 14, 2020
In an historic deal, the WNBA has agreed to triple salaries for 'top players,' as well as provide paid maternity leave and child care (In partnership with @TIMESUPNOW #TIMESUP) pic.twitter.com/njvZ5V7a37
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 14, 2020
🏀 Tripling of top players’ salaries
🏀 Paid maternity leave
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 14, 2020
The power of collectively bargaining is immense! https://t.co/95o4fhzhHq
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) January 14, 2020
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) January 15, 2020
— AT&T (@ATT) January 14, 2020
Fantastic news. Love these women and this league. https://t.co/FCw97AEPOt
— Ryan Ruocco (@RyanRuocco) January 14, 2020
— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) January 14, 2020
NBA players also showed their excitement and support for the new CBA.
A step in the right direction for the @WNBA ✊🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 14, 2020
Perseverance always pays off! Congratulations to the ladies on both sides, keep pushing the game forward! 🙌🏾 https://t.co/jWr13DLpW7
— Chris Paul (@CP3) January 14, 2020
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 14, 2020
👏🏽👏🏽 they deserve it. Great day for the WNBA https://t.co/xrFYt6OkAV
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) January 14, 2020
BIG step 🙌🏽 https://t.co/87kZSGKAsY
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 14, 2020
For more information on the new CBA, click here.