WNBA Season Delayed Due To Coronavirus, Virtual Draft Will Go On

Tanya Simon
April 6, 2020

The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no indication when play would start. In a statement, commissioner Cathy Engelbert said the WNBA is engaging in scenario-planning and considering "innovative formats" for when the season is able to resume. Like the National Basketball Association, the women's league figures to explore experimental ideas and pragmatic solutions - including the possibility of playing behind closed doors - as it looks to salvage its season.

The league is scheduled to hold its draft April 17, although it will be held in a virtual format with players and team and league personnel participating remotely. It was announced last week that the draft would move to a virtual presentation.

Engelbert stated the league's draft will proceed as scheduled on April 17 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

On Friday, the WNBA announced that it was postponing the start of the 2020 season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women's sports league.

The Lynx had been scheduled to open the season against the Chicago Sky on May 15 and their home opener was set for May 17 against IN at Target Center.

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Two WNBA cities are main scorching spots for the virus: NY and Seattle.

Every different main sports activities league has been placed on maintain as a result of virus.

One of the Seattle Storm's home courts, the Angel of the Winds Arena, is being used as a virus isolation site.

The Las Vegas casino where the Aces play is shut, as is the Connecticut Sun's home arena.

"We are grateful for the front line workers who are courageously combating COVID-19", Valavanis said.

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