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SAN FRANCISCO -- Early Tuesday morning, WNBA commissioner Kath Engleberg and LA Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike sat on a studio stage at "Good Morning America" to announce the specifics of the league's newest collective bargaining agreement. 

In the deal, players will receive a 53 percent increase in salary, guaranteed pay for players on maternity leave, and free agency adjustments. More than 3,000 miles away, the news reverberated through the Warriors locker room. 

"I feel like that's great for women's sports," Paschall told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke.

The deal, which was officially announced Tuesday morning, gives the players 50 percent of the league's revenue by 2021, similar to the NBA's salary structure. Additionally, each player will have individual hotel room accommodations and premium class status for air travel. Along with the travel accommodations, the league will allow top players to get up $500,000 in yearly salary, including a fully guaranteed salary during maternity leave. 

"I feel like they need to get paid more and I saw that they get their own hotel rooms now instead of sharing," Paschall said. "So I feel like that's very good for the women. 

"I know for them they go overseas because they get a lot more money than the WNBA, which is kind of wild," he added. "But I'm glad that they finally did something to increase their pay and also get their salary on maternity leave is really good too." 

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Tuesday's announcement marks the end of a multi-year process. Following the 2018 season, the WNPA opted out of the previous CBA, allowing it to expire in 2019, setting the stage for the current agreement. 

"I think that's only fair and right,"  said Warriors forward Omari Spellman said. "For them not to be getting that is kind of egregious."