WNBPA Programs & Services
The WNBPA screens the backgrounds of agents and monitors all contracts to ensure players receive fair and effective representation. All agents for WNBA players must be certified through the WNBPA. By drafting agent policies and regulations, and monitoring agent activities, the WNBPA can better educate individuals selected to represent its members, eliminate unethical agent practices and insure agent fees are reasonable.
Legal Representation and Arbitration
To ensure that WNBA players are not unjustly fined, disciplined or otherwise treated unfairly by their teams or the WNBA, the WNBPA acts as an advocate on behalf of its members with management and provides legal representation for third party arbitration hearings involving grievances against management.
The WNBPA works alone, as well as in conjunction with management, to offer programs designed to advance the employment, social and post-playing lives of WNBPA members. Such programs include graduate school tuition reimbursement, career apprenticeships, emotional and mental health support, substance abuse education, career management and retirement planning.
Contract Negotiation Assistance
Since the WNBPA staff negotiated the CBA, it has great insight into and knowledge of the provisions of the CBA. Accordingly, the staff provides assistance to players and agents in understanding the CBA and devising methods for effectively negotiating on behalf of WNBPA members.
Liaison with Management
Often times members find it difficult to approach management with issues concerning their employment. Upon the request of a member, the WNBPA staff will serve as advocate, facilitator and “buffer” in these instances. By bringing these issues to the attention of a team and/or the league, WNBPA staff will work to address the concern and achieve resolution.