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NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA and the players' union have agreed to a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday night, pending approval by the league's Board of Governors.

The biggest change in the deal is an increase by one in the team's maximum roster size to 12. There also is an improved revenue-sharing program for the players and a small increase in the salary cap.

The new CBA also decreases the number of times a player can be "cored," shortening the path to unrestricted free agency for star players.

The new agreement allows both sides to opt out after the sixth season. The two sides had agreed in principle to a deal in the middle of February and spent the last few weeks ironing out all the details. The previous contract had expired on Sept. 30.

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