The WNBA-WNBPA 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations: Betting Big on Women

By George Foster, Sheila Melvin, Kristina Rose Garrido
2021 | Case No. SPM62 | Length 39 pgs.
On November 1, 2018, the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) informed the league that it had decided to opt out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that had been signed in 2014 and was scheduled to run through 2021. The opt-out, which was not unexpected, triggered a period of negotiation that was described by WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike as “incredibly complex.” This case takes students inside this complicated negotiation process and reveals the dynamics of its successful outcome.

Learning Objective

To understand the dynamics of a complex-and successful-negotiation process.
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