New bargaining agreement breaks barriers for WNBA players

The game-changing deal is altering the face of women’s sports by offering more pay and maternity leave for athletes.
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to sharing this with you all morning long. Breaking news right here on "Gma," which will change the face of women's team sports. Here to announce the big news are wnba commissioner Cathy Engelberg. And nneka ogwumike. President of the women's national basketball players association. A star forward for the L.A. Sparks. Let's hear it. All right. Some breaking news. The wnba we're so thrilled to announce the wnba and players association led by nneka, we have announced a long-term collective bargaining agreement that we've agreed to eight years. We have -- we're so proud of the players and their ability to unify around the important issues to them and while they bargained hard we came together, we collaborated and we have what we think is a groundbreaking agreement that's going to support these players for the lock term in the next generation of players that will include a tripling of the top players' pay. Tripling. Tripling. Over half a million dollars and also going to be providing a platform around health and wellness and really what -- redefining what it means to be a professional women's athlete. A mom. You know, we have entrepreneurs in the league. It's just really going to be a great platform for us. Nneka, you're a player. What does this mean. You know, it means a lot and I think I really have to credit our staff, of course, the wnba but especially the constituency of the players in the wnba, the executive committee we have is a superstar committee. We really represent the holistic view of a lot of the players and we wanted to leave a legacy. 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 and we really are happy to come together with the wnba with actually a lot of innovative ideas ranging from different types of competitions and, of course, you know, expectant mothers, planning mothers and quality of life as a player. You know, we have all individual hotel rooms which is great and we just want to serve as the catalyst for what we want to see if the future for the wnba. Wnba has done that, paid maternity leave. Yes. Tell us about that. Really, you knows a mom myself, full pay, child care sty spend, family planning benefits, Progressive, you know, lots of different things for -- again whether you are a mom or you're a professional athlete, these -- Theeg are elite athlete. Redefine what it means to be a professional athlete in society today and hoping to lift not just women in sports and women in basketball but women in society. Oh, my gosh. This is what sports -- sport is a microcosm of society. I think it's really going to set the tone. You know, interestingly enough as much as we fight for what we feel that we deserve we know that we deserve, we have women soccer, we have women's hockey looking up to what we are looking to do and so we really are hoping it can set the tone and create that legacy for women in sports moving forward. Beautiful, beautiful. Front row right here.

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