WNBA postpones start of season, set for May 15, due to coronavirus

Ross Houston
April 6, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) - The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no indication when play would begin. 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. The WNBA will nonetheless maintain a "digital draft" on April 17.

The postponement comes as the WNBA prepares for its 24th season and its first since reaching a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement with players that includes salary increases and benefits for motherhood and family planning.

The start of the WNBA season and training camp have officially been postponed as the league announced early Friday morning.


The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) postponed the 2020 regular season as coronavirus continues spreading rapidly across the US and the world. The NFL's draft is still set for April 23-25. The league had been set to go on break for almost a month to accommodate the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021.

Two WNBA cities are main scorching spots for the virus: NY and Seattle. One of the the Storm's homes for the season, the Angel of the Winds Arena, is being used as a coronavirus isolation site.

Every other major sports league has been put on hold due to the virus.


While other domestic sports leagues at all levels suspended, postponed or canceled seasons and competitions as the threat of the virus escalated, the WNBA waited to announce its decision.

The on line casino the place the Las Vegas Aces play is shut, as is the Connecticut Sun's dwelling enviornment.


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