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WNBA 2020 Season

Big news for the WNBA last night as the new collective bargaining agreement was announced. It covers 2020 - 2027 with mutual opt-outs in the last couple of years.
Some of the main points that have been released:
* Salary cap increase from $996k --> $1.3M, and then +3% per year
* Individual max base salary up from $117k --> $215k
* Additional bonuses to increase potential max total salary above base amount
* Improved flight & accommodation arrangements
* Improved maternity leave & child care conditions & allowances
* Quicker unrestricted free agency, and reduction in coring from 4 years eventually down to 2 years
* Improved off-season earning opportunities


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It's a welcome bump up, especially for the top players. (Though still not good enough for certain ones apparently). It looks like the new individual salaries vs the new cap will also create much more of a salary mix for mid range players, resulting in more player movement and more pressure on GMs to get their moves right.

Some international impacts too, with penalties/suspensions to start being introduced for players who don't report to pre-season camp on time. That will definitely impact some competitions like Euroleague & the French league, which always run very late. (These clauses apparently don't kick in for a few years)

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how are signings looking ?

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Luuuc  
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Now that the CBA is done, free agency begins as scheduled on Feb 1

(and with the CBA change hanging over everyone's heads, a lot of contracts had been time to expire now so expect a higher than usual number of players to be on the move this year)

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Anonymous  
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Where's the money coming from?

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Cram  
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Any idea what the improved off season earning opportunities entail?

I imagine *most* players play somewhere else during the WNBA off season already?

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Perthworld  
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Where's the money coming from?

No one wants to answer this one even though we know from where.

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Anonymous  
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I'll answer it Perthworld, after you cook me some eggs

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that base max increase may attract some top tier Euro players ? y/n ?

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Luuuc  
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Where's the money coming from?

Just for starters, there's the $25M per year deal with ESPN that wasn't around when the previous CBA was signed. There's a deal with CBS, and corporate sponsorship is a lot more visible now than it used to be (including now being on uniforms). So however unprofitable it used to be when the last agreement was signed, I'd be pretty confident that it's less unprofitable now.

that base max increase may attract some top tier Euro players ? y/n ?

I'll be interested to see what effect it has on the Europeans. I'm guessing probably not a major one, since even the new max would still be a lot less than the top Euros would be earning in Europe, and there aren't many at the very top echelon of the WNBA to be on max contracts anyway - especially now that max contracts can't be dished out to every second player in the league.

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