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WNBA reaches new deal allowing players to make an average of six figures.

Posted at 6:54 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 18:54:16-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — "You can be a mom, you can be a partner, you can be a wife, you can be an athlete," Felisha Legette-Jack, head coach for University at Buffalo's women's basketball team said.

“It shows young females that they can actually make a living out of this," Daemen head coach Jenepher Banker adds.

For the first time in WNBA history, players will make an average of six figures. This news comes after the WNBA signed a new deal with CBA deal. Along with a salary increase, players also get $500,000 annually, their full salary during maternity leave, workplace accommodations for nursing mothers and a $5000 stipend for ever player with a child.

"When I was a player I knew that I wanted to have that opportunity to raise children and that made me nervous because if I was gonna be a player and have a child, I didn’t know how it would all work," coach Jack said. But now, no players have to worry about that.

Along with extra pay and motherly accommodations, the deal also outlines a domestic violence policy. The new deal will run through 2027, will be monumental for the future of women's basketball.