Netball pay impasse resolved as revenue-sharing agreement is concluded

Super Netball players have reached a new agreement on pay that involves sharing revenue with Netball Australia (NA) for the first time, resolving a deadlock that resulted in players not being paid for two months and the departure of former NA CEO Kelly Ryan.

The three-year Collective Player Agreement (CPA) was announced on Wednesday and raises the minimum pay for athletes from $40,000 to $46,000 throughout the duration of the agreement. The average potential salary under the new deal will be $89,000. Over the course of three years, players will receive an 11% increase in pay and will be compensated for the period since October 1 when the previous agreement ended.

Interim NA CEO Stacey West stated that the deal, which includes license agreements for the eight Super Netball teams beyond the term of the agreement, provides stability for the league and “will ensure the future success and financial stability of netball.”

For the first time, the agreement includes revenue sharing for players. According to the deal, players will receive 20% of sponsorship revenue above NA’s forecasts. Essentially, this gives players a financial incentive to contribute to promoting the sport.

Kathryn Harby-Williams, CEO of the Australian Netball Players’ Association, called it a “historic day for netball players and for the sport.” She added, “Netball is now a sport that encourages players and administrators to grow the game for the benefit of everyone involved. It’s a step towards greater things for the sport.”

In the Super Netball competition, players receive pay throughout the year, even though the season typically runs from March to July. They are given time during the week to continue working or studying, allowing them to pursue their off-court ambitions while being elite athletes.

The agreement also means that the signing period for Super Netball can officially begin, with the window opening at 4pm AEDT on Wednesday.

Ryan resigned on Tuesday following criticism of the sport’s administration by some individuals, including former Diamonds captain Liz Ellis.

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