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After lots of waiting and no response from just about anybody, the 2014 collective bargaining agreement between the WNBA and WNBPA is finally posted at the WNBPA website.

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With absolutely zero fanfare whatsoever, the document of the 2014 WNBA collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the players and the league has been posted at the Women's National Basketball Player's Assocation website.

The text of the document (in .pdf form) is here.

Some highlights of the new CBA:

Time-off bonus: These bonuses are granted to players who decide to spend some amount of time playing overseas which is less than or equal to 90 days.  (And remember, zero days is less than 90 days.)  This bonus is $50,000 for players and can be split among more than one players.  Teams can decide to increase or decrease these bonuses in subsequent seasons, but by no more than two percent of the time off bonus for the first year ($1,000).  They can also decide how many days they wish to limit the players receiving the bonus in spending time playing overseas - and that limit can be set at zero.

League minimums and salary caps:  With the 12 player rosters, league minimums and salary caps get a little hairy.

The basic 2014 league minimum was $857,000. Every team had to spend at least this much on salaries.  The league maximum (salary cap) was $901,000.

For each subsequent year, we use a formula.

League minimum = ((league minimum of previous year + $12,000) x Growth factor) - $12,000

Salary cap = ((salary cap of previous year + $12,000) x Growth factor) - $12,000

Growth factor:
2 percent if one-half or more teams had at least 12 players on their active list.
3 percent if only one-quarter to one-half of all teams had at least 12 players on their active list
3 1/2 percent if at least one but fewer than 1/4 of all teams had at least 12 players on their active list
4 percent if no teams had at least 12 players on their active list.

On the road:

Players who have 5 or more years service prior to the then-current season shall have individual hotel rooms.  Players with four or fewer years of service shall be required to share a hotel room.

Game tickets:

Each player gets two tickets for each home and away game.

Penalties for players missing training camp :

This is a brand new section of the CBA.  It allows teams to impose "any fine, suspension, or other discipline" for failing to report at the start of training camp.  The team (or if the team declines, the WNBA) might require players to make "Additional Unpaid Team Promotional Appearances".

If missing all or any part of the first seven days:  +1 Additional Unpaid Team Promotional Appearance
If missing all or any part of the second seven days:  +1 Additional Unpaid Team Promotional Appearance
If missing all of any part of the remainder of camp:  +1 Additional Unpaid Team Promotional Appearance

Number of games: The WNBA has the right to increase the number of games teams play in a season:

Pre-season:  no more than 4 games per team
Regular season:  no more than 38 games per team
Playoffs:  Merit bonuses for playoff participation go up by 5 percent if maximum playoff games increase.

Canada: A section has been included in the event a WNBA team is based in Canada. This section was also in the 2008 CBA.

Term of CBA:  From March 5, 2014 to October 31, 2021.

Strikes and lockouts:  The WNBPA agrees not to strike.  The WNBA agrees not to lockout players.

Other highlights involving compensation can be viewed in the graphics below.

WNBA 2014 CBA Part I

WNBA 2014 CBA Part II