WNBA in talks for 22-game regular season starting in July
Following the cues given by the NBA, the WNBA is also in talks of pushing through with its 2020 campaign by proposing a 22-game regular season format.
Per Mechelle Voepel of ESPN, the crowd-less matches will be played inside the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida while the postseason is targeted to end sometime in October.
With the NBA opting to hold its games close by in ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, the 12 WNBA teams (composed of 12 players each) will duke it out inside four state-of-the-art courts.
The upcoming season would have been a breakthrough for women’s basketball after the WNBA and WNBPA agreed upon a tentative eight-year collective bargaining agreement last January.
The new deal offers higher wages and better overall playing conditions for the world-renowned female athletes.
The 2020 season was initially set to commence on May 15 with 36-regular season games. However, 22 games seem to be a fair number considering the effects of the pandemic.
Details surrounding the proposal remain scarce since the WNBPA is still reportedly reviewing the conditions of the season. Important factoids such as personnel testing and housing have yet to be confirmed.
Women’s basketball, on the other hand, is finally getting the recognition it deserves after several international talents made it to the league in recent years. Reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is considered as the current face of the league after leading the Washington Mystics to the title last season.
A new breed of young, hungry talent will also enter the league this year, led by collegiate superstar Sabrina Ionescu who was drafted 1st overall by the New York Liberty in the 2020 Draft last April.