Progress continues to be made between the WNBA and the Women's National Basketball Players Association concerning the collective bargaining agreement.
A joint statement was released early Thursday morning, announcing the second extension of the negotiations.
— Winsidr (@TheWinsidr) December 20, 2019
"We are making substantial progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement, which we expect to finalize soon. In the meantime, we have extended the current agreement through January 15, 2020, and expect that free agency contract signings will begin on time on February 1, 2020."
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement dates back to March 2014 and would run through the end of the 2021 season. The WNBPA chose to opt-out of it before the 2019 season. This is the second time the negotiations and current CBA have been extended. The first time was extended at the end of October, taking the deadline to December 31.
Less than a week ago, Winsidr reported that the two parties were close to reaching an agreement.
The news of this second extension falls in line with the reports and makes for good news for all parties involved, including the fans who might have feared the worst. I see no reason to view this as a negative if you take into account the legality behind this, the current climate of the league to go along with a new commissioner and the holiday season. Simply put, it seems to me they need a little more time to make sure this agreement has been done the right way.
The current climate of the league consists of countless areas needed for improvement, including player's pay, travel concerns, free agency issues … the list is long. With the first extension being 60 days and this second one just two weeks, it is safe to assume we will have a brand new and updated CBA very soon. Stay tuned!