NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA and its players union have agreed to amend the collective bargaining agreement on fines for overseas play.
According to emails obtained by The Associated Press, players will no longer be fined for missing time for overseas national team commitments if they notify their WNBA teams in advance. About a dozen players, including Epiphanny Prince, Natalie Achonwa, Shavonte Zellous and Allie Quigley, missed games last season and were subsequently fined.
"It's huge," WNBA Players Association president Tamika Catchings said. "I think as a league, last year was a big experiment with a lot of players having to represent their countries to play in the Olympics. How do you penalize those people?