Lakers’ LeBron James gives nod of approval to new WNBA CBA

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington. The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday Jan. 14 2020

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women's National Basketball Players Association finalized a labor deal on Tuesday that will boost the average league salary. Under the former agreement, teams were required to fly coach, but under the new agreement, players are promised "premium economy class", during the regular season.

The $500,000 maximum salary for select players would come from off-season league and team marketing agreements that, as the league phrases it, "both recognize top performance and highlight the diversity of the league, and would create up to $300,000 in additional annual cash compensation for select players".

The new CBA almost doubles the maximum payable contracts, though it leaves a certain gray area for non-star players hoping to make more compensation.

LeBron has become a more vocal supporter of the WNBA over the last few years, especially for players like A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, who wears his signature shoes.

The average cash compensation under the new agreement will be $130,000, the first time that number has reached six figures.

Other changes to the CBA include changes to free agency, new childcare, maternity and family-planning benefits, and changes to revenue-sharing.

During the last CBA negotiation in 2014, Bird was a player representative for the Storm, but says she was mostly a bystander. The WNBA and G-League often serve as testing grounds for such ideas.

Two-bedroom apartments for players with children.

The league is also introducing family planning benefits of up to a $60,000 reimbursement for veteran players for costs directly related to adoption, surrogacy and fertility treatment. "The league and players work together to market this league so we can share revenue with the players". Here's how past and present WNBA players reacted to the news. It is so inspiring to see the investment in these players, respect for their talents, and the reward as they finally get the compensation and coverage that they deserve. "But we wanted to ensure that core is still reflective of what our system supports, while also ensuring our players have a little more freedom".

The WNBA is thrilled to announce that the inaugural WNBA Changemakers will include AT&T, the Official Marquee Partner of the WNBA, Deloitte, the newest league partner and the Official Professional Services Provider of the WNBA and Nike, the Official Outfitter of the WNBA. I think we came in understanding that it wasn't just about the top player, it wasn't just about the rookies.

The WNBA not only made significant changes in the world of women's sports.

"I really have to credit our staff, of course the WNBA, but especially the constituency of the players in the WNBA", WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike said on "Good Morning America".