While the National Basketball Association and the NBPA continue to finalize details about their own return to play later this summer, their WNBA counterparts announced on Monday a commitment to a return to play with a focus on 'social justice, ' including full salaries paid to every player in the shortened season, which will be played on the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida, which is near Tampa.
Teams will play a 22-game regular season games instead of the originally-scheduled 36 games, followed by a traditional playoff format of single-elimination games for the first two rounds and best-of-five series for the semis and finals.More news: Salvini to face new trial over migrant ship blockade
Per the WNBA's release, the 12 WNBA teams will report to Bradenton for training camp in early July. Any players without a medical excuse can opt not to play without punishment but would not be paid.
"After an exciting free agency and draft, the coaches and athletes are thrilled to start the 2020 season in the coming weeks", said Dream President and General Manager Chris Sienko. Our biggest disappointment with this news is the inability to play in front of our fans and at our new home, Gateway Center Arena. "This will be a fun, action-packed season!" Regular-season match-ups and times will be announced at a later date. Due to the fluid situation resulting from the pandemic, the league and players will continue to review the appropriate health and safety protocols and make necessary changes to the plan prior to arriving on site for the start of training camp and throughout the season.More news: Rafale: India gets new jets amid border tension with China
WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement that players will receive their full salaries and benefits despite the shortened season.
The league made the announcement Monday afternoon. All games will be played at IMG Academy in Florida.More news: Rio Tinto sees profits slide, but eyes US$2.5bln dividend
This season marks the organization' 13 in the WNBA. Atlanta also drafted 5-9 guard Chennedy Carter out of Texas A&M with the fourth overall selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft.