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LOBO BELIEVES TIME IS RIGHT FOR WNBA PLAYERS TO FORM UNION
Published May 12, 1998
During media day for the WNBA Liberty yesterday at the Reebok Club in Manhattan, Rebecca Lobo expressed hope that a players' union would soon be formed, according to Ackert & Garcia of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Lobo: "We don't need it to demand million-dollar salaries like the NBA, but we need it for the little reasons. We need it to make sure the lowest players are paid a little more than $5,000 a year and guard against agents. Right now we don't have anyone to certify agents" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/12). Lobo added that "many" of the players' two-year contracts will expire after this year, making the time ripe to unionize. WNBA President Val Ackerman said the unionization process "is a player decision. The whole issue and when is a good time is entirely up to the players. Our approach would be to try to be constructive" (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 5/12). TICKET SALES: At media day, the Liberty said they have sold more than 5,500 season tickets, with pre-season set to start in 19 days on May 31 (N.Y. POST, 5/12).