WNBA Postpones Start Of Season Originally Scheduled For May 15th

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

The WNBA announced Friday it is postponing the start of its training camps and season, previously scheduled to begin on May 15. 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.

"As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15", Engelbert said.

The league's annual draft is still set to take place April 17 but will be conducted virtually. Some of the top prospects this year include Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, Baylor's Lauren Cox, Connecticut's Megan Walker and Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter.

WNBA teams were set to play a league-record 36 games this season, with the first half featuring an in-season competition known as the Commissioner's Cup.

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Every other major sports league has been put on hold due to the virus. The WNBA has 12 teams and a 34-game regular season, with eight teams making the playoffs.

The postponement of the 2020 Olympics provides the WNBA flexibility with its schedule. The league had been set to go on break for almost a month to accommodate the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021.

Engelbert said that whenever the WNBA does start, it will follow a strict protocol regarding the health and well-being of players, coaches and fans. One of the Seattle Storm's properties for the season, the Angel of the Winds Arena, is getting used as a coronavirus isolation web site. These decisions are a part of something much more consequential than sports.

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