As the first labor union comprised of professional women athletes, the WNBPA enjoys a unique place in the history of professional sports.
In addition to creating the first union of its kind, the WNBPA ratified the first-ever collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) negotiated in women’s professional sports on April 30, 1999.
In the 2014 CBA the players achieved their primary goal of adding new jobs as the maximum number of players per roster increased from 11 to 12. In addition, easier to achieve revenue share thresholds combined with an increased percentage of revenue share provides a path for meaningful player participation in league revenue growth. The new CBA also allows team to pay up to $50,000 per year to players who agree to limit the amount of time they play overseas to three months or less.