But there are some issues Engelbert will inherit. The players are seeking a new collective bargaining agreement, and several have commented over the past few years about their lower salaries compared with NBA players and being forced to play overseas to supplement their income. Several top players have either passed up on the WNBA season to concentrate on overseas teams or have been hurt playing internationally. The WNBA will be without reigning MVP Breanna Stewart because of a torn Achilles’ suffered while playing for her Russian team last month. Also, former MVP Maya Moore is sitting out the season to concentrate on her goal of being a minister. And center Elizabeth Cambage demanded a trade out of Dallas to one of her preferred teams and threatened to sit out the season. The WNBA needs its stars to stay healthy, play every season, and earn a comfortable wage. Engelbert’s primary responsibility will be to foster the growth of the league. “I think there were a lot of issues that came up during the process, which I was hearing before this role, and that’s certainly one of them,” Engelbert said of the league’s pay scale. “There were other issues. I know the… Read full this story
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