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WNBA players react to groundbreaking new CBA: 'A historic day'

Sporting News — (Jordan Greer)

The WNBA and the Women's National Basketball Players Association announced Tuesday that they have reached tentative terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, which includes significant salary increases, potential changes to the revenue sharing system and improved family benefits.

The new CBA runs from 2020 through 2027 with a mutual opt-out provision after six years. It features a 53 percent increase in total cash compensation (player salaries, bonuses, league and team marketing deals) and the possibility of 50-50 revenue sharing — which had been a major point of contention among the league's players — beginning with the 2021 season based on the WNBA hitting revenue growth targets. It also covers paid maternity leave, a $5,000 childcare stipend and additional workplace accommodations for mothers.

"We approached these negotiations with a player-first agenda, and I am pleased that this agreement guarantees substantial increases in compensation and progressive benefits for the women of the WNBA," WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said as part of a league press release. "I want to thank the players, led by WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike and the WNBPA executive committee, as well as WNBPA executive director Terri Jackson, for their hard work, innovative thinking and professionalism throughout the process. I also want to thank the league's labor relations committee and board of governors for their investment, commitment and leadership as we look forward to working together to make the WNBA a sustainable and thriving business for generations of women’s basketball players to come."

On Tuesday's edition of "Good Morning America," Ogwumike sat alongside Engelbert and explained the significance of the deal and what it means for the WNBA and women's sports moving forward.

"We wanted to leave a legacy," Ogwumike said. "I think we came in understanding that it wasn't just about the top player. It wasn't just about the rookies. It was about every player across the board. ... We just want to serve as the catalyst for what we want to see in the future for the WNBA."

Ogwumike wasn't the only one excited about the new CBA. Here's how past and present WNBA players reacted to the news.