Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike is currently serving as president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA). Since becoming the WNBA’s Madam President in 2016, Ogwumike’s leadership has charted a new legacy for women in sports. Ogwumike represents her current and future contemporaries by fighting to give players a fair share of league revenue. When comparing average NBA salaries for men to the women of the WNBA, the pay gap shows the lack of women’s economic security.
Four years after Ogwumike’s election as President, the WNBA and WNBPA announced that they have agreed on a new eight-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The agreement highlights significant increase in player salary and compensation, benefits, and an integrated marketing plan for all teams. This agreement will triple the maximum player compensation when comparing the previous deal due to the new 50-50 revenue sharing pact. Current top players will now be able to earn north of $500,000 while $200,000 for other lower top-tier players. Players will receive full salary will on maternity leave. Travel and offseason opportunities are featured enhancements highlighted by the CBA.
Why We Like It:
Nneka Ogwumike sought out to fight the status quo of the WNBA. Her leadership lead her to working diligently with other league leaders to reduce such a large pay gap. With such an investment by the WNBA, this new agreement will ensure that its players and the league itself will thrive. Through additional cash compensations, travel quality enhancements, and motherhood and family planning outlets, the league has backed its players and is now showing little girls and young women who play the game that its league is headed for a great future.