WNBA CBA set to expire before playoffs end

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NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire before the end of the WNBA's playoffs setting up an unusual situation.

The deal ends Sept. 30 and the finals won't start until a week later.

It's uncommon for a major sports league to play without a CBA. Baseball's CBA ended in 1993 and the players went on strike in August that season after playing the first few months. That strike wiped out the 1994 World Series.

WNBA league officials aren't concerned that there would be any interruption once the contract expires.

In the past the CBA always expired after the season ended. When the current CBA was signed in 2008 a Sept. 30 date was set. There was never an expectation that the postseason would end later than that.



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