The WNBA and the Women's National Basketball Players Association issued a statement announcing that the current discussions surrounding the Collective Bargaining Agreement have been extended sixty days to December 31, 2019.
The prior deadline would have been this week, and the current CBA would have expired on October 31.
Back in November of 2018, WNBPA executive committee President Nneka Ogwumike announced that the players union would opt out of the CBA in an attempt to work through the numerous issues surrounding the league.
It is hard to say if the 60-day extension is a good sign or a bad sign for the current discussions. If you ask me, I see it as a positive. This is a critical moment for the WNBA and its future. The issues surrounding the league are complex, serious and are going to require detail and thorough discussion. Both sides know that and appear to be very serious about that. It is entirely possible that this gets extended again, maybe even a few times headed into the 2020 season. I would not be overly surprised in the least bit.
If the two don't agree, a lockout or strike could potentially happen, although Ogwumike and the WNBPA have stated several times that they are committed to getting this done and continuing to play. I don't foresee it ever reaching that point.
The new WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert began her role after the union opted out of the CBA. Since she has started, she's gotten stuff done in terms of fighting for the betterment of the league. Between the commitment of the players and the league, I absolutely believe we will see a revised and well-improved CBA very soon.