WNBA Announces Plan To Tip Off 2020 Season

The WNBA will also continue to build on its commitment to social justice.

There were reports that some WNBA players were part of Kyrie Irving's phone call on Friday questioning the merits of a restart, it appears that the union has agreed with the league to move forward with the 2020 season.

WNBA teams are scheduled to report to IMG Academy in early July.

The league said it will continue to work with medical specialists, public health experts and government officials to create a comprehensive set of guidelines for medical protocols and protections for game safety.

Much like the National Basketball Association, which is working out details to resume the season and play all league games at Disney World in Florida, the WNBA has worked out a deal with IMG Academy in Bradenton. "And, despite the disruption caused by the global pandemic to our 2020 season, the WNBA and its Board of Governors believe strongly in supporting and valuing the elite women athletes who play in the WNBA and therefore, players will receive their full pay and benefits during the 2020 season". One of the leagues that have been contemplating a strategy in light of the virus is none other than the WNBA which typically begins in the summer. The original May 15 start date was postponed because of the pandemic, and the normal 36-game schedule will be cut almost in half.

The Indiana Fever will head to Florida for training and all of their 2020 regular-season and playoff games. Atlanta also drafted 5-9 guard Chennedy Carter out of Texas A&M with the fourth overall selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft.

The WNBA is the latest sports league to announce plans to reopen, after virtually every sport suspended play months ago. "We have always been at the forefront of initiatives with strong support of #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, the LGBTQ+ community, gun control, voting rights, #MeToo, mental health and the list goes on". The regular season will tip-off in late July after each squad gets ample time to train during training camp.

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