WNBA resumes in July with 22-game regular season

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

The WNBA has revealed plans to conduct a 22-game regular season which will begin in the month of July.

In a statement, the WNBA said discussions are ongoing to decide on the official home of the 2020 campaign.

The Association said it is finalizing a partnership that would see IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida host the campaign.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said extensive protocols are also being established to ensure the safety of players and staff.

“We are finalizing a season start plan to build on the tremendous momentum generated in the league during the offseason and have used the guiding principles of health and safety of players and essential staff to establish necessary and extensive protocols,” she said.

“We will continue to consult with medical experts and public health officials as well as players, team owners and other stakeholders as we move forward with our execution plan. 

“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.”

The decision means the WNBA now joins the NBA and the MLS in moving to Florida for its 2020 season.

Meanwhile, there will be no fans when the 2020 season resumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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