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Liberty co-owner Clara Wu Tsai believes charter flights 'enough of a topic' within WNBA that commissioner will address it

Feb 9, 2023

Breanna Stewart and the New York Liberty are on the same page "fighting to elevate the standard" when it comes to using charter flights in the WNBA and now the playbook is being pushed toward the commissioner's desk.

Liberty co-governor Clara Wu Tsai said on Wednesday during Stewart and Courtney Vandersloot's introductory news conference that she needs to be a "constant voice" and "as influential as I can" on the issue, and believes it's at a point where it will be addressed in some capacity.

"As we know, I’ll get fined if I talk too much about anything related to the collective bargaining agreement," she said. "Everyone knows where we stand on this issue and I alluded to it earlier in a way with my remarks. But I do believe it’s enough of a topic within the league and several other governors that it is going to be addressed by the commissioner."

Stewart signed with the Liberty during a hyped free agency in which the 2018 MVP centered the issue of charters and chose the team in part because ownership viewed the issue the same way. The sides want to ditch the commercial flights required by the WNBA's collective bargaining agreement (CBA), but it will take a vote by the board of governors and support by commissioner Cathy Engelbert. Engelbert has estimated the cost at $25 million per year, and wants to ensure it is financially feasible annually.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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